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New dawn : the triumph of life after the Holocaust
Sendyk, Helen.
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New York : Syracuse University Press, 2002.
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xix, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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The story of how three young Polish Jewish women attempt to resurrect their lives in the bitter aftermath of World War II. After years in a concentration camp, their search for freedom bears fruit in the promise of a Jewish homeland. But pioneering Israel means new hardships.

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Helen Sendyk lectures in Florida Atlantic University's Holocaust Outreach Program.

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Booklist Review

Sendyk's first book, The End of Days (2000), documented the death and destruction of her Jewish family in the Polish town of Chrzanow and her suffering in the death camps. This sequel, with a foreword by Holocaust writer Yaffa Eliach, chronicles the lives of Sendyk, her older sister, and her cousin, beginning in May 1945, when they were liberated by Russian soldiers. Not being able to return to their homes in Poland (non-Jews had moved into them), they eventually reached Palestine in May 1946 after the author became friendly with members of the Jewish Brigade. They first worked at an agricultural school before moving to Tel Aviv. Sendyk vividly describes how they--and her brother who also survived the Holocaust--rebuilt their lives in Israel and the U.S. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this moving sequel to Sendyk's 1992 Holocaust memoir, The End of Days, we follow the teenage author, her surviving sister and their cousin on a frightening but ultimately redeeming postwar journey. Liberated from the concentration camp, they trek back to their native Chrzanow in Poland to find a "hostile ghost town filled with strangers who... showed no kindness to our plight." Joining a band of survivors seeking to enter British Mandate Palestine, they journey to Italy, where they board a ship to cross the Mediterranean. Delays by British authorities lead to a hunger strike but, eventually, Exodus-like, the ship, with 1,000 refugees on board, sails for Palestine. There Sendyk is reunited with her surviving brother and settles in Tel Aviv, viewing firsthand the violent founding of the state of Israel. She recounts deadly clashes among Jews, British and Arabs as well as the ecstasy of hearing the U.N. has voted for a state of Israel. Always above the sweep of events, the narrator is a thoughtful defender of the faith who captures the emotional and philosophical aspects of these struggles. When this powerful memoir ends at the 1956 war, Sendyk is a wife, mother and administrator but always a survivor. 21 b&w photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Yaffa Eliach
Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
New Dawnp. 1
Glossaryp. 199