(EBOOK / KINDLE) My Name Is Selma: The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor

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My Name Is Selma: The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück SurvivorRds a race of people would be unbelievable and you would think it a fictional story if you didn t now that it is fact and the people in these books are real their losses real their suffering real The I read about the era the I learn then look at the world around us and shockingly see similarities the beginnings of possibilities of all these atrocities happening againI found it interesting to learn that the Red Cross visited different camps run by the Nazis obviously only shown certain areas and healthy prisoners Red Cross parcels were regularly sent to these concentration camps However in reality it was extremely rare for any of the parcel contents to ever make it to those in need The guards were the ones that benefited from the Red Cross parcels not the prisoners existing in the horrendous conditions hidden from the visiting Red Cross How could the truth be so easily hiddenI also read the sad story of the Resistance member that revealed information in the hope it would save Selma and his other colleagues Of course the Nazis did not Puppet Master keep to their end of the deal lives were lost and the Resistance member survived the war and ended up being labelled a collaborator despite having suffered greatly himselfThough I have read uite a few of these survivor stories there is always to learn I didn tnow Ravensbruck gave their prisoners numbers but did not tattoo them onto them as other camps did I think I have read a lot about Auschwitz and not so much about the women only camp of Ravensbruck I had also read about The White Rose but perhaps not so much about the Jewish Resistance I Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners know it is a very dark period of history but these stories must be told these people must be remembered then at least they did not die in vainSelma truly is a remarkable woman but through her words in the book she strikes me as someone who would shrug off an accolade or praise for what she did Selma tells her story in a matter of fact way how it all happened Selma made and lost friends along the way After the war she did her best to trace family and friends tracing what happened to them visiting them if they too survived and mourning the ones that didn t I am honestly thankful to Selma for telling her story so that younger generations can learn the truth and pass on her story into the future too Selma doesn t make out she iswas anything special she just tells her story and that of those around her throughout her journey As she says in the little introduction of the book she has shared her story as a tribute to all those who suffered and died The ironic thing is all through her journey through the resistance and in Ravensbruck she was not identified as Jewish She was arrested and held as a political prisoner under an assumed name and false identity papers Did being a political prisoner as opposed to being a Jewish prisoner save her life Whonows maybe it did I imagine anytime those identity papers were called for examined were extremely anxious times for Selma She must have been continually on edge and she states in the book she trusted no one with her true name and heritage It wasn t until everything was over that Selma reclaimed her real birth name in the hope it may help her trace her family and friendsMy immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were that it was an amazing account of a brave courageous woman who survived the atrocities around her by living one day at a time Trying her best to hold on to a shred of hope Despite the odds she survives Ravensbruck Her life story and those like her should be told and retold handed down the generations so they are never forgotten or repeatedTo sum up this book takes you through a whole range of emotions From dread and being on the edge of your seat as Selma describe how she evades being almost caught on many occasions There s horror at the conditions she has to live in anguish when she is so ill it seems she will die in the camp to elation when Ravensbruck is liberated relief she isn t in the wagon that is bombed yet at the same time despair for those poor women to have survived the war that is bombed yet at the same time despair for those poor women to have survived the war a concentration camp to be bombed and illed during their liberation by those on their own side of the war I say this about lots of the books I read about those that survived the Holocaust but Selma s story is one of courage bravery and yes as Selma herself says luck and it must be read and talked about It s a message memories of an horrendous time that should never be forgotten Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK Transworld Publishers for the arc of My Name Is Selma This is a remarkable emotional and sensational memoir of one of the few jewish survivors of WW2 We learn about her experiences and her life in world war 2 and what happened which was from hiding refugess to her travels and even leaflet handing out I really loved this book this was an amazing memoir to read i definitely recommend to all in which like to read true life stories especially about world war 2 5 star reads for me Thank you Selma for letting us read your experiences I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewSelma van de Perre is a Holocaust and Ravensbr ck camp survivor and in this book she tells her experience of the war starting from her early childhood her memories of the war as a Young Woma. Ter woma. Ter what “had to be done” But in July 1944 her luck ran out She was transported to Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp as a political prisoner Without nowing the fate of her family her father died in Auschwitz and her mother and sister were illed in Sobibor Selma survived by using her alias pretending to be someone else It was only after the war ended that she could reclaim her identity and dared to say once again My name is Selma “We were ordinary people plunged into extraordinary circumstances” Selma writes Full of hope and courage this is her story in her own words.

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SReaders with a soft spot for hearing someone tell their story and a very brave and interesting one at that shall not be disappointedThe unknown really is the scariest thing It feels wrong to rate somebody s life story so I won t rate it at allI believe that good fiction makes you believe that it s all true and that good non fiction makes you uestion how much is really true My Name Is Selma does this but let me explain I do not in any way mean that I doubt that the events detailed in this book really happened What I mean is that Selma Van Der Perre so artfully weaves her story that the reader is compelled to assess what they now about the human experience Had I been reading fiction I would have said that Selma s experience was unrealistic But clearly it isn t because it happened So now I have come to understand that some people are just that lucky and importantly some people are just that strong The willpower that Selma shows through this memoir even the willpower which it must have taken to recount her life is a testament to her strength and resilience I am so grateful that I have read this book as it has made me aware of so many things I ll be totally honest I feel drawn to books about the survivors of the Holocaust I feel very strongly that their stories must be told and never ever forgotten so when I saw this book and the picture of Selma the Ravensbr ck survivor and Jewish Resistance fighter today at age 98 I felt compelled to read about her life as well as her many near deaths tooI think the fact the cover image is Selma s face makes it so powerful and almost irresistible I now I would have to pick it up from a book store shelf to learn about the remarkable woman who was a Jewish Resistance fighter who also managed to survive Ravensbruck too The book begins with Selma hiding hoping to evade capture Sadly she is found by an SS Guard and thrown into the last wagon Selma doesn t now any of the women she is in the wagon with It turns out the women in the wagon are asocial meaning they have done something the Germans do not like It ends up being a bit of good luck for Selma as these women worked in the itchen which means they have had access to food and have managed to smuggle with them than those in the other wagons When the women bicker about how to share or ration their food it is Selma that speaks up and ends up being chosen to take care of and distribute the food in an attempt to make it last for their journey It s whilst on the long train journey that Selma writes a not to her best friend Gretchen she tells her friend she is in a cattle wagon on her way to Ravensbruck or Sachsenhausen She throws the note through a gap in the slats of the wagon hoping it reaches her friend but not nowing if it willThe book then reverts to the past and gives some background about Selma and her parents and siblings Selma s father was an actor so they moved around a lot for his work His work was also sporadic so Selma was used to life changing rapidly When he was in work they could live eat and dress well However when work was scarce they wore hand me down clothes made do and ate what their mother could get her hands on to Cook For Them Maybe It Is This Type Of Life for them Maybe it is this type of life having to adapt to her surroundings that helped Selma exist and survive Ravensbrusck Though Selma and her family were Jewish they weren t regular attenders at their church The most religious thing about Selma and possibly the only clue to her Jewish heritage was the fact she wore a Star of David necklace Some would say lucky for Selma she didn t have the typical Jewish hair and looks so easily passed as a German Several times in the book Selma refers to herself as lucky As she works distributing messages and leaflets within the Jewish Resistance she comes really close to being captured Selma s part of the resistance ends up being caught yet once again she is not identified as Jewish and is put with political prisoners Selma has many brushes with death even when liberated from Ravensbruck she narrowly misses being in one of the vehicles that is blown up when mistaken for a vehicle full of fleeing German Army personnelI don t want to reveal everything about Selma s life as you need to read it all in the words and order Selma chooses to divulge it in the book It is her story to tell You may think that when Selma is liberated from Ravensbruck her suffering is over but it is far from finished Selma may have been freed from Ravensbruck but she has no where to live no money just nothingSelma naturally revisits her old home and discovers the odd neighbour here and there that is still in the odd neighbour here and there that is still in area Selma is desperate to now what happened to her dear father and her mother and her younger sister Clara Unfortunately the reality is devastating Selma still manages to pick herself up and get on with her life Her two brothers fought and are both now in England This book tells how the war and Nazi regime progressed First what could be considered small things were taken away from Jewish families like not being allowed into the same cinema as others not being allowed out Then losing their businesses and property All perhaps things the Jewish people could survive or cope with alone but the way things escalated because of one mans idea s of perfection that same man s feelings of hate towa. E Nazis While #Her Father Was Summoned #father was summoned a work camp and eventually hospitalized in a Dutch transition camp her mother and sister went into hiding until they were betrayed in June 1943 and sent to Auschwitz In an act of defiance and with nowhere else to turn Selma took on an assumed identity dyed her hair blond and joined the Resistance movement using the pseudonym Margareta van der Kuit For two years “Marga” risked it all Using a fake ID and passing as non Jewish she traveled around the country and even to Nazi headuarters in Paris sharing information and delivering papers doing as she la. ,
This is one of those books that rendered me unable to put words towards a review until I gave myself a few days to digest what I had just read Usually I start reviewing a book immediately having taken notes as I read However with real life stories such as the horrors that enfold in this book I find it really difficult to find words adeuate enough to do it justiceThis is the story of Selma an ordinary Jewish girl who became a member of the resistance during WWII and who survived Ravensbruck It is the ordinariness of her life that makes what happens to her and her family so hard to comprehend She tells us her story without embellishment or hyperbole in language so stark it is almost unbearable at timesI turned twenty on 7 June 1942 But what should have been a celebration became a sombre day as I received the dreaded summons demanding that I present myself at Amsterdam Central Station to be taken to a work camp in Eastern EuropeSelma s spirit and courage under the most unimaginable conditions and how she and others like her did not just survive the horror and the losses but emerge to live full lives without bitterness is beyond remarkable Some of the descriptions in this book of the horrors she saw are really hard to read but it needs to be seen for us to realise that these things happened to ordinary people like you and I This book has certainly left me in a very reflective moodSomething that struck me about this book is how often Selma uses the word murder when talking about the victims of the Naziks friends families and strangers alike I think too often when the Holocaust is discussed words like exterminated are used which seems to dehumanise and lessen the memory of the victims The Nazis murdered people individuals It was murder on an unimaginable scaleYou can t live in constant fear Even fear is something to which you become accustomed You have to set it aside and simply get on with what you are doing Every day I did things that put my life at risk but the acts themselves were no different from what I d usually do as I went about my normal daily business That s not to say I wasn t scared but I didn t allow the fear to overwhelm me the desire to thwart the Nazis and help people in danger was strongerThis is a painful but really important read for all of us who may think this could never happen again never happen to us Thank goodness there are still people like Selma now 98 and living in London to share their experiences of the atrocities that happened to them we need to learn the lessons they provide and never forget themThis is a remarkable and powerful book that will remain with me forever and one I feel privileged to have been able to read An outstanding book I picked it up unable to sleep at 2 in the morning and finished as dawn broke at 6 I couldn t stop reading it The author is a truly amazing woman living an extraordinary life from an ordinary background The title of the book is pivotal and when my name is Selma comes up in the narrative it was so poignant that I cried as I read the words This book records despair and horror courage and conviction to a cause and shows how much a human can use the power of positivity and the will to carry on to survive Selma s love of her family her friends and her country runs through this book and that love clearly remains I would love to meet her I have Jewish heritage and am extremely proud of this the fate of my father s relatives is unknown to me it was something no one spoke of There just isn t the words to thank this amazing woman for her tenacity and devotion to the lives of othersI will undoubtedly buy this book I was fortunate enough to be able to read this as a review copyThis story has been held by Selma for decades it s a story that should be heard and a book that should be available in every secondary school This is history from those who experienced it who survived it and who have lived with these memories Selma really is someone who can take the epithet inspirational although I don t suppose that she would agree she is a very modest and self deprecating lady I think she s wonderful Selma had me sucked in from reading the first couple of sentences I honestly feel it s a book that everyone should readThe experiences she had are some that we could never understand or imagine happening to us or those around usTruly a survivors story that will eep you enthralled to the very end My thanks to Selma van de Perre Netgalley and Random House UK for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest copy of the book in exchange for an honest reviewMy Is Selma is the incredible of Selma van de Perre a young Jewish Dutch woman at the time of World War II who took part in the resistance movement in the Netherlands Belgium and France during the Nazi occupation From Selma s daring travels delivering resistance pamphlets to hiding refugees and to her eventual arrest we learn about Selma s experience during the warWhat an incredible story I have read a number of survivor accounts during my time as a history and RE teacher but this is the first I have read about a member of the resistance Whilst I Why Diets Make Us Fat knew that Selma survived obviously I was on A touching personal account of the life and times of a very brave young Jewish resistance worker during WWII with a nice few ending chapters on her liberation and post war endeavour. An international bestseller this powerful memoir by a ninety eight year old Jewish Resistance fighter and Ravensbrück concentration camp survivor “shows us how to find hope in hopelessness and light in the darkness” Edith Eger author of The Choice and The GiftSelma van de Perre was seventeen when World War II began She lived with her parents two older brothers and a younger sister in Amsterdam and until then being Jewish in the Netherlands had not presented much of an issue But by 1941 it had become a matter of life or death On several occasions Selma barely avoided being rounded up by th.