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You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Fighting, Loving, and Swearing in Yiddishby Susan Kushner Resnick
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Aron Lieb approached Sue Resnick at a Jewish Community Center fifteen years ago, and found a companion and soul mate who was steadfastly by his side for the rest of his life. You Saved Me, Too is the incredible story of how two people shared the hidden parts of themselves and created a bond that was complicated, challenging, but ultimately invaluable.
Sue was first attracted to Aron's warmth and wit, such a contrast to his tragic past and her recent battle with postpartum depression. Soon she would be dealing with his mental illness, fighting the mainstream Jewish community for help with his care, and questioning her faith. The dramatic tension builds when Sue promises not to let Aron die alone. This book chronicles their remarkable friendship, which began with weekly coffee dates and flourished into much more. With beautiful prose, it alternates between his history, their developing friendship, and a current health crisis that may force them to part.
"In well-executed, second-person prose, Resnick speaks directly to the elderly Aron Lieb — a virtually family-less Holocaust survivor whom she befriends — as he lies on his deathbed in a nursing home. Short vignettes skip back and forth through time, covering the history of their relationship: Resnick's struggle with Jewish identity ('I figured as long as I stayed ambivalent about being Jewish, I might not get killed by the Nazis the next time they came') and Aron's own history before, during, and after the war. The writing is sentimental and emotional (culminating in 'Who saved whom?') as much as it is honest and informative; in telling Aron's story, Resnick unapologetically criticizes both the incompetence of elder-care facilities as well as the failure of Jewish communal organizations to help a person who, after a life of hardship, deserves a break. This painful memoir is not easy to read: Resnick displays her artistic skill as she attempts to make sense of Aron's life in light of her own ('I own the book of your life, but I can't read it'). The telling of Aron's story, a true labor of love, is a reminder of both the individuality of each survivor and the reality that their generation is dying and must be remembered. Agent: Alice Martell, Martell Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An extraordinary and literary “love story” between a young mother and a much older Holocaust survivor that celebrates the unique and powerful bonds of friendship. It explores a complex relationship with someone from a different generation and socioeconomic background, and someone who happened to be one of the last surviving Holocaust witnesses of our time.
About the Author
Susan Kushner Resnick teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University. She is the author of Sleepless Days and Goodbye Wifes and Daughters, which won a gold medal for nonfiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. She has been published in The New York Times magazine and The Boston Globe. She lives in Massachusetts.
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