What people say about the book...
From the back cover:
“Her autobiography is informative, perceptive and poignant. Its emotional impact is powerful. To read it is to
come closer to historical events that will forever haunt mankind’s conscience."
"Tell the Children-Letters to Miriam is the passionate testimony of a woman who overcomes seemingly
insurmountable obstacles to realize her dreams.... This inspiring work is a must-read book for all who wish to
nourish their belief in a better world."
—Micheline Maccario, M.D.
President, San Francisco Chapter of the Older Women's League
"Even among the charged and eloquent survivor memoirs that-Thank God! still keep appearing, this one is
distinctive for its reach and specificity, its clear voice and astonishing recall, its human stamp and spiritual
Professor of English, Stanford University
Author of Paul Celan - Poet, Survivor, Jew
Talk to your children, June 19, 2000 Reviewer: Barbara Williams (New Mexico, USA)
"Yes, do talk to your children, and especially about this book and it's subject. It is the most insightful and
informative personal account of the whole problem in Europe during the Nazi period. Not only does Dora Sorell
tell us about life before her internment, but also the problems that the end of the war created for those who
lived under the communist rule. That is one thing that has been sorely lacking until now. We must never forget,
and must tell our children and our grandchildren. Dora Sorell has given us a way to do that in her letters to
Best story of the Jewish life and Holocaust in Transylvania., December 31, 1998
"Ms. Sorell describes life in pre World War two Transylvania and Holocaust events like nobody else. She
expresses personal feelings, and at the same time paints the picture of the overall way of life for the Jewish
community in the times preceding the war. The Holocaust description is the most moving one I ever read and
preserves for future generations the realities of a terrible time through the eyes of a survivor. The book
balances the view of a mature person with the feelings and desires of a young lady experiencing terrible events"
An absorbing personal history by a survivor, December 7, 1998
"Tell the Children is a vivid story so well told that it is hard to believe its author is not a professional writer. Dora
Sorell was taken by the Nazis from her home in a Romanian village to some of the worst concentration camps,
where she managed not only to survive but also to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart, to become a
physician, to experience years of almost unimaginable horror under Communist rule, and to escape
successively to Italy, Brazil, and finally the United States. Her chronicle, presented as letters to her
granddaughter, benefits from sharp perception, a powerful memory, an extraordinary interest in the people
around her (including a large and interesting family), and a genuine ability at storytelling. Unpretentious as she
is, Dora Sorell is a heroic woman. Her book is unpreachy and unsentimental but deeply felt, and for me it made
a lot of modern history seem real for as if the first time."
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