Some memories, though etched on one’s soul, need time to become shared words. At the age of 80, my father, Simon Sterling, was finally able to tell me his story of being trapped in the horrors of the Holocaust and then emerging into a free world as an American immigrant. He described life in the Brody ghetto; escaping from a death camp; reuniting with my mother, Sophie; being hidden in a Christian friend’s barn; and hiding in the Polish woods. Scarred by the sorrows of enormous loss, but always able to appreciate the goodness in others, my father lived a life filled with courage, determination and hope. I am grateful to share this book – his story told in his own words – with you.
Phyllis Sterling Jacobs
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