Transcending Darkness

Transcending Darkness

A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust

Modern Jewish History

by Estelle Glaser Laughlin

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

248 Pages

  • Paperback
  • 9780896729803
  • Published: January 2016

$21.95

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  • Hardcover
  • 9780896727670
  • Published: November 2012

$26.95

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  • eBook
  • 9780896728004
  • Published: April 2020

$9.95

“Please, Mama, I don’t want to live like this,” pleaded twelve-year-old Estelle Glaser’s older sister as they watched the bodies of friends dangle from the gibbet in the center of the appelplatz of the Madjanek concentration camp. “I cannot take the indignities and brutalities. Let’s step forward and make them kill us now.” But Estelle’s mother fiercely responded to her two daughters: No! Life is sacred. It is noble to fight to stay alive. Their mother’s indomitable will was a major factor in the trio’s survival in the face of brutal odds. But Estelle recognized other heroes in the ghetto and camps as well, righteous individuals who stood out like beacons and kept their spirits alive. Their father was one, as were hungry teachers in dim, cold rooms who risked their lives to secretly teach imprisoned children. Estelle herself learned to draw on a joyful past, and to bring her own light into the void. Estelle’s memoir, published sixty-four years after her liberation from the Nazis, is a narrative of fear and hope and resiliency. While it is a harrowing tale of destruction and loss, it is also a story of the goodness that still exists in a dark world, of survival and renewal. Also 04 Activeable in e-book formats, 978-0-89672-800-4