In Search of Light

April 15, 2019|
In Search of Light by Martha Salcudean
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Martha Salcudean grows up in the small village of Chiochis Romania, blissfully unaware of the fascist and antisemitic Iron Guard militia, and she quickly adapts to the abrupt change in her life when the town she lives in comes under the control of Hungary in 1940. But her childhood is soon marred by more political upheavals, and her parents cannot shelter her from the danger that looms for all Jews when Germany occupies Hungary in the spring of 1944. Forced into ghettos, Martha experiences such cruelty and hatred that at ten years old, she no longer feels like a child. Then Martha's fate changes in an instant with one split-second decision her father makes to board a different train -- instead of going to Auschwitz she becomes one of those destined to be saved by Rudolf Kasztner, a man riskily negotiating with the Nazis. Although Martha and her parents are soon incarcerated in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, their status is somewhat protected, and their suffering and trauma ends when they are eventually sent to refuge in Switzerland. After the war, Martha and her parents return to Romania, but when the communist dictatorship takes hold, Martha again finds herself living in fear and unable to control her own life, and she is determined to escape with her new family to freedom.
Dr. Martha Salcudean was born on February 26, 1934, in Chiochis, Romania. After the war, she earned a bachelor's and post-graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. At Bucharest's Research Centre for Metallurgy, she spent twelve years working in the area of heat transfer and fluids. After much effort, Martha left communist Romania, an...
Title:In Search of Light
Product dimensions:200 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:200 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 in
Published:April 15, 2019
Publisher:Azrieli Foundation
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781988065540

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