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A heartbreaking memoir follows the story of a woman who uncovered her roots – and the tragedy hidden in them

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
June 10, 2016 17:02
Flowers are placed at the "death wall" at Auschwitz

Flowers are placed at the "death wall" at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Agata Tuszynska’s memoir breaks your heart with an eloquent selflessness that transcends the personal journey of this 59-year-old Jewish woman’s quest to find herself. Her book is a resurrection of sorts about her mother’s family, most of whom perished in the Holocaust.

Tuszynska did not know she was Jewish until she was 19. The attractive blue-eyed blonde woman was raised by her gentile Polish broadcaster father, who came from working-class roots, and her Jewish mother, Halina, who decided after the war to bury any trace of her Jewish lineage forever.

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