The inspiring story of one woman’s struggle to survive during the Holocaust An expanded edition of the remarkable story of Rena Korneich, one of the few women who survived the first Jewish transport to Auschwitz and more than three years in the Nazi death camp. Rena’s Promise is a compelling story of the fleeting human connections that fostered determination and made survival a possibility. Moving from the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters to the links between prisoners, and even between prisoners and guards, this memoir reminds us of the humanity and hope that survives inordinate brutality.
“Written with simplicity and grace.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Rena’s Promise went with us on the Zen Peacemakers’ first pilgrimage to Auschwitz, in 1996. On our first night together, one of our monks shared a simple message of love from Rena to us. Her message changed our lives.” —Peter Matthiessen, author of In Paradise.
“One of the most accurate accounts, and the only account of the first women’s camp in Auschwitz. This is a book historians will refer to for years to come.” —Irena Strezlecka, director, Auschwitz Museum of Women, Oświęcim, Poland
“This is an extraordinary book, vividly written and generously told. You will not easily forget Rena Kornreich, and her sister Danka. Nor should you. It's seems trite to say that this book—harrowing as it often is—is less a tragedy than a love story, but it's true. By turns soul-wrenching, inspiring and heart-breaking, this is a tale that should live long beyond the wonderful woman who inspired it.” —Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight