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Memoir, Holocaust Studies, Nonfiction, Survival, History, Sociology, Biography, Inspirational, Holocaust


Legacies, Lies and Lullabies: The World of a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor

The secret is out---the post-WWII Baby Boomers crave Holocaust survival stories for literary sustenance. In times of economic strife, terrorism and natural disasters, histories and biographies soothe and solace, and remind us of our resiliency.

Legacies, Lies and Lullabies: The World of a Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor is a smorgasbord of history, memoir, sociology, poems, recipes and cultural tidbits. The centerpiece of this delectable concoction is an interview with the author's beloved mother, Miryam Sapsovic Levy, one of the estimated one hundred children who survived the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp.

The book transports you from the rise of Hitler to the perils of daily life in Terezin, to the soap opera of Eastern European relatives, to the second generation who have invisible numbers on their arms.

This book is precise and poignant, with a drop of schmaltz (chicken fat). It is a riveting must-read for anyone who hungers for a slice of the resilient human spirit.





Your family’s history is by turns heartbreaking, warm, difficult to read and inspiring. It’s a microcosm of the Jewish European experience, and that of the postwar generation that came after.

The interview with your mother is particularly captivating - what an incredible, larger than life women she must have been. Her words fairly bounce off the page, whether she’s talking about the terrors of Theresienstadt or her dreamy year in Paris. There are so many points where the reader can feel how her story almost ended differently, tragically. There’s no way to begin reading the interview without wanting to finish it and see her through to the end. Your children must be so grateful to you for recording
your family’s epic history.

- Anna Sproul-Latimer
Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Manager, The Ross Yoon Agency


Esther Levy's book is a personal account of a family's Holocaust experiences as told by the daughter of a survivor. It has wonderful personality sketches set into events of the times; both pre and post WW2. In addition to historical accuracy the author demonstrates analysis and insight into the psychological and emotional factors that influenced her mother by incarceration as a child in the Terezin concentration camp near Prague.Those deep impressions were transmitted in stories and anecdotes to the author during her childhood which motivated her to undertake this research including two trips to Terezin as well as the detailed documentation of relevant events. The family photos and the reproduction of those documents together with the sketches of family life both before and after the war, make this publication a must read for any student of Holocaust history, and for teachers, scholars, artists, and survivors of that horrific period. A great contribution to Holocaust literature!

- Harold Blau, Ph.D



A captivating story of a most horrific piece of our world's history told by the daughter of a uniquely fascinating and inspiring Holocaust survivor. Not just another Holocaust survivor story, this one uniquely combines detailed facts/history with the emotional/human aspect in a way that sends chills up your spine, giving you goosebumps...and also leaves you craving more information - you just can't put this one down! This book is extraordinarily well written and a must read for anyone interested in learning more about what it was like to live through and ultimately overcome the nightmarish event in our history that was the Holocaust.

- Amazon 5 Star Review

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