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Subject: Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila
Date Posted: 8/9/2010 10:11 PM ET
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Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila by Jeannette Katzir, published by Jeannette Katzir

ISBN: 9780615274836  0615274838

I just had to pass this book title along.

Back cover:

Channa will evade Nazi soldiers and survive WW11 by the age of twelve. The consequences will be that her 5 children will fight for their own survival with---each other.

World War 11 has long since ended, and yet Jaclyn and her four brothers and sisters grow up learning to survive it. Having lived through the Holocaust on the principle of constant distrust, their mother, Channa, dutifully teaches her children to cling to one another while casting a suspicious eye to the outside world. When Channa dies, the unexpected contents of her will force her adult children to face years of suppressed indignation. For Jaclyn and her siblings, the greatest war will not be against strangers, but against one another. "Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila" is Jeannette Katzir's achingly honest memoir of the enduring effects of war. From her parent's harrowing experience's during the Holocaust to her own personal battles, Katzir exposes the maladies of heart and mind that those broken by war, inevitably and unintentionally pass down to the generations that follow.

This is the reviews from Amazon:

Editorial Reviews


"Broken Birds," Jeannette Katzir's vibrant family history poignantly captures the hurt and yearning that so often marks the bond between brothers and sisters whose parents were "broken" by war. We are drawn into the drama of the five Poltzers as they struggle to find the glue to keep the family conncected despite powerful forces that rip them apart. If you have a brother or sister, you'll nod knowingly as you recognize yourself in Katzir's true and compelling picture of the complex web of sibling relationships. --Vikky Stark, M.S.W., Author of My Sister - Myself

Jeannette Katzir's memoir describes, as few works have, the enduring legacy of the Holocaust to those who survived and those whom they brought into the world, raised and reared. In the last decades, we overly optimistic Americans have preferred a narrative of triumph, of survivors overcoming the evil, enduring and making a compensating contribution that made us marvel; thus, showing us that any evil can be overcome, that suffering leaves no lasting impact. Would that were so.<P>Katzir faithfully retellls the story of her parents during the Shoah and then of life in Los Angeles when it was beginning to grow and blossom in the 1950s and 60s. But she traverses the dynamics of a family that was both drawn together by the residue of suffering and ultimately split apart. The book is alternately brave and bold, depressing, saddening and enraging but always engaging. --Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implicaitons of the Holocaust<P>Professor of Jewish Studies<P>American Jewish University.
I have read this book, and every page that I have turned has been a eye opener. For within the pages is a story or stories that do hit home. For in this book I discovered that many, many people are broken birds. This book is awesome, it is well written and the story makes you have to stop and think. You reflect on things that have happened in your own past, that the words from the pages bring forth from your own memories. And if any one who has grandparents or even uncles, or aunts who survived the Holocaust, this book in many ways will help the ones who have never ever seen the camps or what even lead up to it, to aleast get a glimpse of what went on at that time.
Because I grew up knowing about the Holocaust, because my own father served in WW11, and all the pictures that have been showning over the years from different people who are survivors, and the men in the Armed Service and the news service, that helped free the Holocaust survivoirs. I remember as a young child, looking upon the people, and seeing the hell that each one survive to be free. The courage that is etched upon the faces.
Get the book, its out on Amazon right now. It is well worth every dollar you spend for this book, and just maybe you, like myself, is learning that we are Broken Birds. And you will start the journey, back to the beginning. I can relate to this story, so in many ways, I am just now taking that journey.