“In Australia, with such a high proportion of survivors, Holocaust literature has led to the publication of a number of highly significant works of memory. Among them is Ruth Rack’s book, which will be certain to gain a special place.
You have to read the book to get inside the head and heart of a Jewish child facing the monstrously unfair circumstances that led her parents to determine to save her life by sending her to England. She never saw her parents again, but the wartime English chapter of her life, with strange people in strange places and with strange attitudes, is in itself an expression of the constant capacity to learn and to adapt whilst often weeping and wondering.
The book also tells the story of the author’s adult life after she met Peter, her husband, and the past years of her life in Sydney.
If there is a deeper message in this book, and I believe there is, it is that the human spirit must never be allowed to be extinguished. As Ruth Rack says, “I thank God for the gift of each new day.””
Rabbi Raymond Apple, Senior Rabbi, The Great Synagogue