A Damaged Mirror: A story of memory and redemption

Kasva Press
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He sold his soul to survive Auschwitz. Now he's taking it back! An embittered holocaust survivor cannot speak of what he was forced to do to survive. A young girl in Texas is haunted by a memory of something she could not have lived. Together, they must unlock the gates of memory to find the hope that lies beyond despair.

Alex was seventeen years old when he was deported together with his family to Birkenau. His mother and younger sister were gassed on arrival. Alex lived on past the end of his world, his memory filled with the death of a people. Unable to speak of what he had done to survive, he was locked in the silent prison of his guilt.

Yael, born and raised in Texas, has no connection with Alex or with the world he has lost. And yet her seemingly idyllic life is haunted by a dark memory of something she could not have lived. Her search for the source of the memory will lead her on a quest spanning three continents, and eventually to a new life in Israel. But her true journey will lead into memory itself, as she helps Alex to keep his promises to the dead.

A Damaged Mirror is an exploration of the boundaries between right and wrong, choices and choicelessness, and what happens when we cross those boundaries. It challenges notions of black and white, and calls into question the sovereignty of death itself.
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Yael Shahar

After an adventurous and unattributable career in security and intelligence, Yael Shahar divides her time between researching trends in terrorism at www.asymmetricconflict.org and learning Talmud, often with the dubious assistance of a one-eyed cat. She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker, and lectures both in Israel and abroad.

Ovadya ben Malka

Ovadya ben Malka was born in 1926 in Saloniki, Greece. At the age of seventeen he was deported, together with his mother and younger sister, to Birkenau. His family was killed on arrival. He survived nearly two months in the quarantine camp, outlasting most of those who arrived with him, but his survival was to cost him dearly. The rest of his story is told in: A Damaged Mirror: A story of memory and redemption.

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Kasva Press
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Apr 27, 2014
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Biography & Autobiography / Historical
History / Holocaust
Religion / Judaism / History
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