This epic story by Aneta Weinreich is the most recent Community Stories publication, which was, until 2012, untold for nearly 70 years. The Sydney Jewish Museum team has worked with Aneta and her family over a period of five years, assisting in all stages from beginning to end of this autobiography.
Aneta’s riveting tale encompasses her upscale childhood in Poland and how politics impacted her family – her father being number 41 on Schindler’s List, her unimaginable trials in WWII, the founding of Israel, the ’60s fashion explosion, the joyous bridal gown industry, and concludes full circle with her acknowledgement of her saviours in Poland and Hungary during the Holocaust.
Aneta’s ability to recall with incredible clarity and detail the momentous events of her life illuminates our shared history in a unique manner and serves as a cautionary tale. Told through her eyes, she takes us on an unforgettable journey of war and displacement, immigration, family and resilience, terror and love, and the best and worst of the human spirit.
In her nearly nine decades of life, Aneta has experienced hardship, heartbreak, excitement, joy and love – and now it is The Right Time to Speak. There is insight and valuable lessons for everyone to be found in her remarkable life.
To watch a short film on the writing and publishing on Aneta’s memoir, click here.