A book is proof that humans are
capable of working magic.
- Carl Sagan
capable of working magic.
- Carl Sagan
Out of Poland was a difficult book to research and write. I'm so pleased to finally have drawn a line under it and be in a position to offer it to the public.
The first edition is primarily a pre-publication issue. I'm hoping that readers will read, assess and comment on the book so that I can make it better.
The book is now available on amazon.com in paperback form. The e-book format will be out before the end of the year.
For decades the leather suitcase lay hidden under the house. When opened it revealed the story of a family who lived in a small Polish town and whose lives were snuffed out when Hitler and his Army rampaged through Poland in 1939.
It was a Pandora's Box.
This book tells the story of what that suitcase revealed; of the Siegel family who lived simple lives and of the one son who escaped and never came back. It is also the story of the beautiful daughter who went with her parents to the gas chamber so that they didn't have to face it alone.
It is the story of love and loyalty, of the betrayal of trust and of compassion.
It is also the story of the worst crime in our history and how it brought out the best in some people - but also the worst.
It is now available through this website.
Ann R: Now I understand why this was such a difficult book for you to write. You have told the family's story with integrity, humblness and truth. Not a pretty story due to the topic, but one that has helped me to understand the plight of the Jewish community in Poland more fully. You have done an amazing job getting this book to print - a tragic stroy told beautifully. Once I started reading it I couldn;t put it down. I hope many, many people read it. Thank you for sharing this story.
Bev R: ... bloody well done on a powerful and impeccably research piece of work! The historial facts are dramatic byt the present day effects are equally riveting as you go through the process of writing and dealing with the family. Great human interest.
Brenda G: Culture, fiction and fact collide as Jenny Harrison takes us on an emotional journey as she sensitively tells the story of one man, family, city and
country caught in unspeakable events that precipitated WWII. Part detective
story, she draws together fragmented and scanty evidence found in a hidden
suitcase, symbolic of a family torn apart. Bit by bit she uncovers the
story of Naftali Siegal, the eldest son of a Polish Jewish family. Born in
Pruchnik, he is sent by his family to Italy in 1933 to train as a vet. Once
qualified he had the good fortune to be assisted in 1938 by the Commission
for the Relief of Jews in Italy, who forged documents for him to emigrate to
Australia, and then to New Zealand. He appears to have tried to help his
family or at least his sister Malka escape from Poland. Malka could pass as
an Aryan German, and had an offer of a forged passport and papers. Far away
from the war, it was not until 1959 that Naftali discovered that Malka had,
in 1942, been gassed with her family in Belzek extermination camp. Speaking
her truth quietly, Jenny shows that speaking of the unspeakable is an
essential first step in healing of deep emotional wounds.
Amazon Customer: Superb! Brilliant book that opened my eyes and showed me things I never even considered. Very well written!
John R (Amazon): Five Stars. Well written and well researched on relations of Jews and Poles over centuries
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