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The Holocaust didn't really end in 1945. Not for everyone. Even after the war, survivors' lives were influenced by their terrifying experiences. Some of them were never able to retell their stories-for others, it took decades. In My Mother's Ring: "A Holocaust Historical Novel," Henryk Frankowski feels compelled to pen his memoir and finally share his poignant story from hi The Holocaust didn't really end in 1945. Not for everyone. Even after the war, survivors' lives were influenced by their terrifying experiences. Some of them were never able to retell their stories-for others, it took decades. In My Mother's Ring: "A Holocaust Historical Novel," Henryk Frankowski feels compelled to pen his memoir and finally share his poignant story from his hospital bed as he lay dying. His carefree childhood as a Jewish boy in Warsaw, Poland is never far from his mind as he recalls the tumultuous world he endured during the Holocaust. Henryk speaks uninhibitedly about the intense bond he has with his family, particularly his adoration for his nurturing mother. Ultimately, the Frankowskis' lives are broken apart as World War II ignites and the Nazis storm across Europe, imprisoning and killing millions. As senseless restrictions are implemented, living conditions are compressed, circumstances turn dire, and callous disregard for human life runs rampant, Henryk must find the resilience to carry on. All the while, he dreams of a family reunion in Warsaw...


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The Holocaust didn't really end in 1945. Not for everyone. Even after the war, survivors' lives were influenced by their terrifying experiences. Some of them were never able to retell their stories-for others, it took decades. In My Mother's Ring: "A Holocaust Historical Novel," Henryk Frankowski feels compelled to pen his memoir and finally share his poignant story from hi The Holocaust didn't really end in 1945. Not for everyone. Even after the war, survivors' lives were influenced by their terrifying experiences. Some of them were never able to retell their stories-for others, it took decades. In My Mother's Ring: "A Holocaust Historical Novel," Henryk Frankowski feels compelled to pen his memoir and finally share his poignant story from his hospital bed as he lay dying. His carefree childhood as a Jewish boy in Warsaw, Poland is never far from his mind as he recalls the tumultuous world he endured during the Holocaust. Henryk speaks uninhibitedly about the intense bond he has with his family, particularly his adoration for his nurturing mother. Ultimately, the Frankowskis' lives are broken apart as World War II ignites and the Nazis storm across Europe, imprisoning and killing millions. As senseless restrictions are implemented, living conditions are compressed, circumstances turn dire, and callous disregard for human life runs rampant, Henryk must find the resilience to carry on. All the while, he dreams of a family reunion in Warsaw...

30 review for My Mother's Ring: A Holocaust Historical Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I am now reading this interesting book about the occupation of Poland during WW2. As all the other books during this time, I am amazed and shocked at the atrocities these fine people had to endure. Will let you know once I'm finished how I rate this book, so far I'm enjoying the read, just not the things the families had to endure. We are so blessed in the US to never have had to live thru such crimes against human beings. I am now reading this interesting book about the occupation of Poland during WW2. As all the other books during this time, I am amazed and shocked at the atrocities these fine people had to endure. Will let you know once I'm finished how I rate this book, so far I'm enjoying the read, just not the things the families had to endure. We are so blessed in the US to never have had to live thru such crimes against human beings.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Niyya

    I got this book for an English class project where we had to pick a book about the holocaust. I do not on any circumstances recommend this book to any one. Dana Fitzwater Cornell could have written a beautifully sculpted novel, the idea for her book had so much potential but was brutally murdered. I believe if she would have written her own account about her family and the three different concentration camps they were placed in during the holocaust, I believe that more emotion would have been di I got this book for an English class project where we had to pick a book about the holocaust. I do not on any circumstances recommend this book to any one. Dana Fitzwater Cornell could have written a beautifully sculpted novel, the idea for her book had so much potential but was brutally murdered. I believe if she would have written her own account about her family and the three different concentration camps they were placed in during the holocaust, I believe that more emotion would have been displayed. I was disappointed greatly. There is no artwork in her writing no beautifully designed sentences. There are only dull, lifeless phrases. I believe that Henryk would have felt more emotions and would have had more going through his head than what she wrote. In her prologue she also writes, "My goal in writing this memoir is to attempt to capture the emotion- the fear, the uncertainty, the desolation-of that time". This is not a memoir; it is fiction. This is not her story. If you want to read a real account- a truly amazing story of the holocaust, read Night by Elie Wiesel. This memoir pulls at so many places in my heart and my mind. I was in tears by the end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Young

    A fascinating read, one that I found extremely difficult to put down. The author says to read the book slowly, but I found myself moving quickly through it because I got so involved in the story. While this book is a work of fiction, it is so well written that you get soaked into the story and soon forget that it isn't a true account. We can all learn about this terrible time in history from this book. The book is clearly labeled "fiction" and the subtitle reinforces this. I will definitely be r A fascinating read, one that I found extremely difficult to put down. The author says to read the book slowly, but I found myself moving quickly through it because I got so involved in the story. While this book is a work of fiction, it is so well written that you get soaked into the story and soon forget that it isn't a true account. We can all learn about this terrible time in history from this book. The book is clearly labeled "fiction" and the subtitle reinforces this. I will definitely be recommending this to others!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A historical novel about the life of Henryk Frankowski in Poland during WWII. Henryk is an old man dying in a hospital and decides to tell his story. His is a powerful and heart breaking story of 17 year old Henryk and his family from the beginning of WWII to liberation to building a life after the war in the US. His mother's wedding ring and the strength she has instilled in him are what fuels his survival. A historical novel about the life of Henryk Frankowski in Poland during WWII. Henryk is an old man dying in a hospital and decides to tell his story. His is a powerful and heart breaking story of 17 year old Henryk and his family from the beginning of WWII to liberation to building a life after the war in the US. His mother's wedding ring and the strength she has instilled in him are what fuels his survival.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joyce (Chloe)

    This was a very engaging, horrifying story. Well written, and difficult to put down.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris(tine)

    DISCLAIMER: Review based on Audiobook version (Scribd, Narrated by Mel Foster). Also own print edition on Kindle. STORY: Powerful with a bit of a unique telling. A darker read than most Holocaust books as the details are so very real. Beautifully told with great reverence to the brutality of both the physical, mental, and spiritual angles of life in the camps. The part that compelled me most was the portion of his conversation where he describes his transition and re-establishment into the world po DISCLAIMER: Review based on Audiobook version (Scribd, Narrated by Mel Foster). Also own print edition on Kindle. STORY: Powerful with a bit of a unique telling. A darker read than most Holocaust books as the details are so very real. Beautifully told with great reverence to the brutality of both the physical, mental, and spiritual angles of life in the camps. The part that compelled me most was the portion of his conversation where he describes his transition and re-establishment into the world post-liberation. This portion of most novel/memoirs tends to be short and include few details, as most readers find them the least compelling. This telling allowed me to learn more about the actualities of the process that has always struck me as an incredibly overlooked stage in most novels/memoirs. I am thankful this was included with such detail and care. A supremely powerful book. Highly recommended to those who, like me, feel compelled to absorb any/all books of this genre/time in history. AUDIOBOOK (via Scribd, Narrated by Mel Foster): While the narrator was well-spoken and very clear in his reading, it took some time to appreciate his tone and cadence. What at first felt a bit stoic and mechanical soon helped me to form a vision of Henryk, both as a young man and as an older storyteller. NOTE: I had completely forgotten that I had purchased this book via my Kindle a few years ago on a Holocaust story hunt. In some respects, I wish I had read it there rather than the audiobook, but I suspect listening to the audiobook may make this particular one stick more deeply in my mind precisely for the ability of the narrator to help bring the vision of Henryk full circle from the in-depth insights in the author's telling. In the end, I am glad to have listened to it both for story content, writing, and narration but I am also grateful to have the Kindle version to re-read sometime down the road. CONCLUSION: HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone interested in a true telling (even if fictional) of the experiences of so many imprisoned during the war. It will NOT be forgotten. I would recommend for student readings but only for accomplished readers able to handle the graphic nature of a handful of scenes, beyond the atrocities most writers detail. They are, for certain, still not the most horrific of crimes committed during those years, but they speak to the power and dehumanization hate can sow among those who succumb to it...but also to the amazing power of hope, resilience, and pure fortitude of the human spirit. How they continued to survive and still find any semblance of a life after continues to astonish me to this day and I find myself filled with gratitude to those who shared their stories over the years since but mostly unwavering and soul-felt respect to those I deem to be, along with those surviving Slavery, among the absolute strongest, bravest, and most honorable people who have walked this earth...and I am forever sorry for the horrific atrocities inflicted on so many due to the magnitude of ugliness that did (and does) exist in this world. May your legacy live on as proof your soul and your heritage can never be destroyed. Heartfelt thanks to the author. I look forward to your next book...and thank you for this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Timeline: 1939-1945, WWII Holocaust. Warsaw, Poland. The life/times of Henryk Frankowski (Jewish, son/brother, narrator, shoemaker apprentice), Stefan Frankowski (husband/father, shoemaker, disappeared 1/1942), Helena Frankowski (wife/mother, domestic housewife, killed), Mendel “Shamrock” Frankowski (son/brother), Dorothy Mendel’s lover, & Blima Frankowski (younger daughter/sister, colic, killed). I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free Timeline: 1939-1945, WWII Holocaust. Warsaw, Poland. The life/times of Henryk Frankowski (Jewish, son/brother, narrator, shoemaker apprentice), Stefan Frankowski (husband/father, shoemaker, disappeared 1/1942), Helena Frankowski (wife/mother, domestic housewife, killed), Mendel “Shamrock” Frankowski (son/brother), Dorothy Mendel’s lover, & Blima Frankowski (younger daughter/sister, colic, killed). I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written WWII Holocaust memoir book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great WWII Holocaust memoir movie, a PP presentation, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; BookSends; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This novel reads more like a memoir. The main character, Henryk, begins by telling the reader that he is now 68 years old and that he needs to tell this story before it is lost to time. He says that this is not the kind of book that one reads on the beach and indeed it is not. He then recounts his life as a child and young man in Warsaw so that the reader understands what was lost. His nonreligious Jewish family is caught up in the horrors of WWII after Germany invades Poland. He tells about lif This novel reads more like a memoir. The main character, Henryk, begins by telling the reader that he is now 68 years old and that he needs to tell this story before it is lost to time. He says that this is not the kind of book that one reads on the beach and indeed it is not. He then recounts his life as a child and young man in Warsaw so that the reader understands what was lost. His nonreligious Jewish family is caught up in the horrors of WWII after Germany invades Poland. He tells about life in the Warsaw ghetto, being transported to Birkenau Auschwitz, and then later to Mauthausen. He describes the deprivations in the concentration camps, the terror, and the horror. Throughout it all, he struggles to stay mentally positive so that he can survive. Certain passages of this book are difficult to read, while other passages are uplifting and positive. The story is a testament to the human will to live.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This book was so moving, it made me weep towards the end. It is very rare that I get so emotional that I have to put a book down to cry a few minutes before I pick it back up, but this book is one of the few that made me have to do that. This book has moved me so much, that when my university proposed a scholarship for Holocaust research, I used this book in my proposal in order to visit the places mentioned in the book to experience the emotions involved further and feel them more vividly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Wow! Hard to believe this is historical fiction and not real life (altho I believe it actually did happen). I couldn't stop reading what was gunna happen next. Altho the material was hard to read, I did enjoy this book. Just wow... Wow! Hard to believe this is historical fiction and not real life (altho I believe it actually did happen). I couldn't stop reading what was gunna happen next. Altho the material was hard to read, I did enjoy this book. Just wow...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amber Missbam

    A very good read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    loved this book. I've recently become intrigued by this subject matter (the holocaust). It is a heart wrenching story written as a memoir about the main character who was a boy of 17 at the time he was sent to Auschwitz and various other concentration camps over the course of his 5 1/2 year imprisonment. There are some very upsetting descriptions of things he saw during his time in the camps. But it is very eye opening to be put into the camps from that perspective. It was a very quick read for loved this book. I've recently become intrigued by this subject matter (the holocaust). It is a heart wrenching story written as a memoir about the main character who was a boy of 17 at the time he was sent to Auschwitz and various other concentration camps over the course of his 5 1/2 year imprisonment. There are some very upsetting descriptions of things he saw during his time in the camps. But it is very eye opening to be put into the camps from that perspective. It was a very quick read for me because I couldn't stop reading it. It was our book club choice for the month and I really enjoyed it. Very sad that he was the only one left in his family after the war but he does make the best of his life after liberation. I truly enjoyed this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

    I've read hundreds of accounts of the Holocaust, and while nothing I read in this fictional memoir surprised me, I found myself unmoved emotionally as well. a good book for a historical beginner, but certainly not the best by any stretch . I've read hundreds of accounts of the Holocaust, and while nothing I read in this fictional memoir surprised me, I found myself unmoved emotionally as well. a good book for a historical beginner, but certainly not the best by any stretch .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ginny Atwell

    This book is the story of a Jewish Family from Poland during WW11. They first get sent from their home to a Ghetto & then to numerous Concentration Camps during the war. How this 17 yr. old boy lives thru all the horror is amazing. It is gut wrenching but I'm very glad I read it. This book is the story of a Jewish Family from Poland during WW11. They first get sent from their home to a Ghetto & then to numerous Concentration Camps during the war. How this 17 yr. old boy lives thru all the horror is amazing. It is gut wrenching but I'm very glad I read it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Tillson

    This book captures the horrors of the Holocaust in great detail. Recommend for anyone interested in this time period.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maryellen

    I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the holocaust!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    A historical novel on WWII. The story follows a young man through 5 years of concentration camps. After losing all his family, the book has a surprise ending.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Elle

    A moving, emotional piece of historical fiction!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nana43

    I've read many Holocaust books and this one is well deserving of 5 stars. It's the best written one that I've read. I've read many Holocaust books and this one is well deserving of 5 stars. It's the best written one that I've read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex Stevenson

    Although this topic is depressing, the book is very uplifting and inspiring. Makes me appreciate what I have. Very poignant story and well written. I would certainly recommend this to others.

  21. 5 out of 5

    P Walsey

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Martinez

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Sanders

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bernice Kay

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Bangerter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patti

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Rehm

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula

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