My Father's Roses

A Family's Journey from World War I to Treblinka

By Nancy Kohner
(Pegasus Books, Paperback, 9781605980737, 278pp.)

Publication Date: December 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Nancy s father was not like other fathers in their northern English town. Elegantly dressed after the Eastern European fashion, an impeccable violin player, and never without a rose in his lapel, her father s entire essence alluded to a hidden and haunting past. Upon his death, Nancy, on a quest to rediscover her family s past, delves into the endless boxes of letters and diaries her father carried when he fled Czechoslovakia in 1939. There were times of joy: a son s return from the trenches of Verdune; the birth of grandchildren; a growing family business. But there was also fear. As the first stormtroopers march into Podersam, Nancy witnesses the disintegration of the family through their increasingly desperate letters. My Father s Roses is a compelling and intimate testament to the persistence of family, memory, and the bonds of kinship in the face of humanity s darkest hour."

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