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15 Jan 2018

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Written in first-person present-tense narration, this National Jewish Book award finalist and Parents Choice Gold medal award winning title describes first hand experiences of a teenager during the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia (1939-1945).

As the book opens, 10-year-old Misha protests his growing awareness of injustice: “Every day is a new, stupid rule and worse food and no soccer.” Watching the German army enter Prague, he feels more curiosity than dread until he sees a couple jump to their death holding hands. Miseries ensue: the ghetto, yellow stars, his father’s murder, increasing danger, hunger, and humiliation—all leading to the family’s arrival in the Terezin concentration camp. There, Misha joins a group of 40 boys who live, work, and play under the stern but loving care of Franta, a young man who calls them the “Nesharim,” and demands high moral character: “We will let nothing separate us from our humanity.” The ingenuity, love, and defiant courage displayed by Misha, his parents, Franta, and others counteract incessant degradation and terror, creating an inspiring testament to human resilience.

Collaborating with acclaimed author Todd Hasak-Lowy, Michael Gruenbaum shares his inspiring story of hope in an unforgettable memoir that recreates his experiences with stunning immediacy. Michael’s story, and the many original documents and photos included alongside it, offer an essential contribution to Holocaust literature.

Written by Michael Gruenbaum with contributions by Todd Hasak-Lowy.

The book is now available in Czech translation (Někde ještě svítí slunce: Dětství ve stínu holokaustu)

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