ABOUT BY MY MOTHER'S HAND


As Told by Survivor Henry Melnick

Tracing Roots to Poland Circa 1930

The narrative begins with Henry recalling his family life in pre-war Poland. He tells of traditional Jewish festivals, a strict upbringing and memories of his family. Life is difficult but peaceful.

The Nazis Occupy Europe

The book then details Henry’s transfers among the Nazi’s labor and death camps, narrowly avoiding death several times. He is separated from his parents and becomes the lone survivor of his entire family.

Recovery and Starting a New Life

The denouement tells of Henry’s liberation, his marriage to Hela in Hanover and fighting for Israel’s independence in 1948. The book also includes the retelling of Hela’s harrowing story of survival.

MEET THE AUTHORS


HENRY MELNICK

Henry Melnick was born in Lodz, Poland in 1922. Upon Nazi occupation in 1939, he was transferred among three concentration camps and three death camps, becoming the sole survivor of his entire family. After liberation, Henry volunteered for the Israeli Army and fought for Israel’s independence. He came to Canada in 1965 with his wife Hela and their two children.

Hela passed away in 1987 and Henry married Elaine Shumak in 1991, who encouraged him to speak about his experiences. He has two children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Henry wrote By My Mother’s Hand with the help of three of his grandchildren and strong support from Elaine.

Tragically, Henry passed away on his 91st birthday – June 25, 2013 – in Toronto, surrounded by loved ones.

 

LIMORE ZISCKIND
Author

MICHAEL MELNICK
Editor

FAITH DANTOWITZ
Editor

ELAINE MELNICK
Contributor

HEEYOL LEE
Designer

 
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By My Mother’s Hand was designed to be read using any device. It is available at all popular e-bookstores, including Apple’s iBooks Store, B&N’s Nook Bookstore, Amazon.com’s Kindle store, Google Play and Kobo.
If you would rather read using traditional print, then you can purchase a paperback copy.

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