Surviving Genocide: Personal Recollections (Hardcover)

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The author describes the loss of her home in Eastern Europe during World War II, her family’s deportation to a Nazi labor camp, and their eventual arrival in the United States. Relying on historic sources, interviews with twenty survivors and personal experience, the author focuses on the danger of identifying solely with a group or ideology rather than with the fact of our shared humanity. 

Exiled from her home in Eastern Poland as a baby, the author chronicles the aggression against Polish citizens, Jewish and Christian, by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. For many it will be the first time hearing about the deportation of thousands to the Soviet Union for forced labor, a topic they have not met in school or in the media.  Nor do they know about plans to replace Christianity and all religion with deification of Hitler and the Nazi party. The author weaves this type of information into true accounts of survival from 20 eyewitnesses whom she interviewed over the course of 10 years. 
Surviving Genocide: Personal Recollections expands our knowledge of World War II, that of the attempted genocide against Slavic Christians of Eastern Europe.  

Most books about surviving the war describe the struggles of one person or family.  This book is different in that the people the author interviewed faced diverse and generally unknown hostile environments.  For example, a family is exiled to Russia near the Arctic Circle, women toil on the Kazakhstan steppe to produce food for the Soviet army, people in the author's village of birth in what is now Belarus face winter in holes in the ground, single girls are forced to work in German factories and as domestics, and a Catholic priest is used for medical experiments in Dachau. 

 These survivors are primary sources who begin to demonstrate the full sweep of events as they shine a light on the dangers of identifying with a group or philosophy at the expense of our shared humanity. 

Surviving Genocide: Personal Recollections contains a foreword by British historian Norman Davies, an interview with Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, an annotated bibliography, photographs, and maps.  Survivors’ statements have been fact-checked and are validated by citing historic sources. The author will market the book through public speaking and use of social media platforms.  

The number of World War II survivors is dwindling.  Their witness will ensure a broader knowledge about a particular time and place in history.

About the Author

Donna Chmara is a writer and public speaker, She has  been a classroom teacher, school administrator, communications director, and a state education department executive.  In my many leadership positions, she has written speeches, proposals, and articles and has spoken at national and state conferences. She taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey, at Trenton Central High School, and at The College of New Jersey.  As Communications Director for the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, she managed all media contact and publications.  After launching the association magazine, she earned an award of excellence from the National Association of Education Information Officers.  While Director of the New Jersey State Board of Education, she was elected president of the National Association of State Board Executives.  As Personnel Director in the New Brunswick School District in New Jersey, she helped administer 12 inner city schools.

Donna holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Temple University with a major in medieval literature.  While a sophomore at the College of New Jersey, she was an exchange student at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada on full scholarship.  Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and certificates as Teacher of English, Teacher of Elementary Education, and Principal/Supervisor.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781950423804
ISBN-10: 1950423808
Publisher: Winged Hussar Publishing
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 275
Language: English