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Gertruda's oath : a child, a promise, and a heroic escape during World War II

Author: Ram Oren
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, traveled to France, leaving Michael in the care of his mother and Gertruda Bablinska, the family's devoted Catholic nanny. When Michael's mother had a stroke, Gertruda promised the dying woman that she would make her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Mikhaʼel Sṭolovitsḳi; Gerṭrudah Babilinsḳah; Gerṭrudah Babilinsḳah; Mikhaʼel Sṭolovitsḳi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ram Oren
ISBN: 9780385527187 0385527187 9780385527194 0385527195
OCLC Number: 276338753
Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Two weddings --
A prince is born --
Blackmail --
Kristallnacht --
Kidnapping in broad daylight --
Gun threats --
Midnight expulsion --
Unexpected savior --
The cruise ship --
Attack at sea --
A promise kept --
Following the money --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Shevuʻah.
Responsibility: Ram Oren ; consultation by Michael Stolowitzky ; translation by Barbara Harshav.

Abstract:

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, traveled to France, leaving Michael in the care of his mother and Gertruda Bablinska, the family's devoted Catholic nanny. When Michael's mother had a stroke, Gertruda promised the dying woman that she would make her way to Palestine and raise him as her own son. Written with the assistance of Michael, now 72, this book re-creates Michael and Gertruda's amazing journey. Vignettes bring to life the people who helped ensure their survival, including SS officer Karl Rink, who made it his mission to save Jews after his own Jewish wife was murdered. This is a story of extraordinary courage and moral strength in the face of horrific events.--From publisher description.

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