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William & Rosalie is the gripping and heartfelt account of two young Jewish people from Poland who survive six different German slave and prison camps throughout the Holocaust. In 1941, newlyweds William and Rosalie Schiff are forcibly separated and sent on their individual odysseys through a surreal maze of hate. Terror in the Krakow ghetto, sadistic SS death games, cruel human medical experiments, eyewitness accounts of brutal murders of men, women, children, and even infants, and the menace of rape in occupied Poland make William & Rosalie an unusually explicit view of the chaos that World War II unleashed on the Jewish people. The lovers story begins in Krakows ancient neighborhood of Kazimierz, after the Germans occupy western Poland. A year later they marry in the ghetto; by 1942 deportations have wasted both families. After Rosalie is saved by Oskar Schindler, the husband and wife end up at the Plaszow work camp under Amon Goeth, the bestial commandant played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindlers List. While Rosalie is on heaven patrol removing bodies from the camp, William is working in the factories. But when Rosalie is shipped by train to a different factory camp, William sneaks into a boxcar to follow, and he ends up at Auschwitz instead. Craig Hanley powerfully narrates the struggle of the couple to stay alive and find each other at wars end. Now in their eighties, William and Rosalie come to terms in this book with the loss of their families and years of torture at the hands of Nazi captors. Unique among memoirs from this era, the book connects directly to the present day. The Schiffs ongoing and highly effective campaign against prejudice and discrimination is a heroic culmination of two lives scarred beyond belief by racism. William & Rosalie artfully combines biography with timely lessons on the nature of mass hate, a stubborn phenomenon that continues to endanger every life on Earth.

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    William and Rosalie

    I'm not of the Jewish faith, I'm of Puerto Rican descent. But I always have been interested in the history of WW2, and the truly horrific suffering of the Jewish and all others persecuted by the Nazi's. I think it's very important to teach our children about racial biases. I'm 48 years old and I remember learning of the Holocaust when I was in grade school and I could not believe that humans can do this to people, I already knew about the African slave trade and was astounded by what indignities they suffered. But I began looking at the history of racial abuse when I was in high school and I realized it's been happening for for thousands of years. I really appreciate the courage of love and faith all survivors have shown by telling us pampered people who have not even seen war on our shores, what they went through. They are an inspiration.

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    Good read

    This book shows us the courage and willingness one possesses despite incomprehensible and inhuman situations. A graphic testimony which will leave you questioning humanity and what humans are capable of, is clearly shown in this book. Two humans divided by hate and united by their courage and will power to live makes this book worthwhile.

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    William and rosalie

    A brilliant read we must never forget it . Only takes 1 madman i f@ound it heart breakig and informative

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    William &Rosalie: A Holocaust Testim

    What a wonderful book and the courage and resilience shown by these two beautiful people brought tears to my eyes. Their dedication to educating people about the Holocaust is remarkable.

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    Wlliam and rosalie

    This is a great book for an insight to the holocaust as it does not sugar coat the harsh reality faced by prisoners, this is also a vivid love story with two great people who are making a great difference by sharing their experiences with others,

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