The Tide: An Account of Authentic Compassion During the Holocaust,
by Reha and Al Sokolow with Debra Galant. 180 pages, Hard Cover: $21.95,
ISBN: 1-930143-71-0, Devora
This is a Holocaust book about two women, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust
and the German woman who saved her.
The true, first person account of Ruth, a Jewish woman being hunted by
the Nazis, and her guardian angel, Maria, a German woman willing to risk
her life and the lives of her family to save her. These two characters
reveal, in their own words, how the flickering embers of human compassion
and menschlichkeit were able to transcend the artificial barriers of race,
creed and religion even during the Holocaust.
Includes the reunion of the two women fifty years later in Germany, and
describes this media event that was featured in the German and Israeli
newspapers, as well as the Jewish media in the United States.
Reha Sokolow is the daughter of Ruth, whose memorable journey is described
in Defying the Tide. Reha is a freelance writer and currently teaches
English writing to Russian immigrants in Brooklyn. As Associate Director
of Education of the Jewish National Fund, Reha wrote and edited Israel-based
resources for distribution to over 2500 schools throughout the United
Al Sokolow has taught English at the Yeshiva University high schools
and currently teaches English literature at Be’er Hagolah high school.
Together with his wife, Reha, they have undertaken this labor of love
in order to show that even during the Holocaust there were scattered islands
of compassion that served as a refuge for the fortunate few.
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