In 1945, Mina and Jacob met in war-torn Western Poland. Both were Holocaust survivors of, between them, nine camps. These included Plaszow and Auschwitz. Their experiences in these camps are placed against the apparatus of terror and human control that became a deadly marker of the 20th-century’s totalitarian regimes.
The book follows their journey as, battered and traumatised, without family, home or possessions, they attempt to rebuild their lives. Readers can share in their struggles to create a family against a background of economic and political hardship in Communist Poland during the Cold War.
Mina and Jacob’s story continues as they migrate to freedom in Australia in the early 1960s. There they rebuild the life of their small family. They were people of enormous courage, strength and boundless love, who never gave up.
Their daughters, Adele and Freda have extensively researched their parents’ lives and times and have reflected on their legacy and impact on the next generation.
Freda Widawski & Adele Abraham
Published SJM 2019, Paperback, 532 pages