From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation
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Published: May 15th 2018
On August 14, 2017, two days after a white-supremacist activist rammed his car into a group of anti-Fascist protestors, killing one and injuring nineteen, the New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized for the second time in as many months. At the base of one of its fifty-four-foot glass towers lay a pile of shards. For Steve Ross, the image called to mind Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass in which German authorities ransacked Jewish-owned buildings…

Christian Women Apologists received an electronic advance copy of this book from the publisher, Hachette Books, for review purposes.

From Broken Glass by Steve Ross · Christian Women Apologists

The brutal and inspiring story of a Holocaust survivor of 10 Nazi death camps, From Broken Glass will inspire you to redeem your traumas for the good of others. #books #inspirational #nonfiction

A Brutal and Inspiring Story of Survival and Redemption

From Broken Glass is the haunting story of loss, hardship, survival, and redemption. It is a lesson in how to live, how to love, and how to use our pain for good. We've been given the honor of being a witness to not only one person's personal tragedy, but an entire nation of people.

Honor those whose stories are lost forever to history

Szmulek Rozental was eight years old when the Nazis invaded his Polish village, forcing his family to flee. He spent his next six years in a day-to-day struggle to survive the notorious camps in which he was imprisoned, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau among them. When he was finally liberated, he no longer knew how old he was, he was literally starving to death, and everyone in his family except for his brother had been killed.

Rozental learned in his darkest experiences--by observing and enduring inconceivable cruelty as well as by receiving compassion from caring fellow prisoners--the human capacity to rise above even the bleakest circumstances. He decided to devote himself to underprivileged youth, aiming to ensure that despite the obstacles in their lives they would never experience suffering like he had. Over the course of a nearly forty-year career as a psychologist working in the Boston city schools, that was exactly what he did. At the end of his career, he spearheaded the creation of the New England Holocaust Memorial, a site millions of people including young students visit every year.

Equal parts heartrending, brutal, and inspiring, From Broken Glass is the story of how one man survived the unimaginable and helped lead a new generation to forge a more compassionate world.

Doing what is good: Justice, Mercy, Humility

There are certain books in life that need to be read by everyone. From Broken Glass is one of them. Part gut-wrenching, part heartwarming, and all-inspiring, this book ought to be required reading from high school onward.

I will warn you - From Broken Glass is not a warm and fuzzy, feel-good sappy fairy tale. It is gritty. It is raw. You will need a box of tissues because you will ugly cry. There were times as I read that I thought my heart was breaking into millions of pieces - but that is a good thing. Compassion is what keeps us human, even in the face of great evil.

Mr. Ross (Rozental) is an example of what happens when human beings decide to not allow the traumas they've endured define them, and when they decide to do good:

Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Ross' story deserves to be told and re-told. This is how we remember the horror that was the Holocaust, how the world allowed it to happen, and how we must do everything we can to prevent it from happening again.

Reading From Broken Glass is only one, small way we can honor Mr. Ross, history, and the people whose stories we will never know because they are lost to us forever.

Conclusion:

Suffering horrors too great to mention in this review, From Broken Glass is the memorable account of Steve Ross' life before, during, and after the Holocaust - and what he did with the gift of life he received by surviving. We all have lessons to learn From Broken Glass, and reading and sharing this story is one way we can honor those suffered, those who lived, and those who died.

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8 Comments

  1. Jan Eldred

    It is interesting that the world seems to be getting to a point where genocide is kind of “glossed” over. We live in a world ruled by social media, and people think nothing of tearing other people apart verbally, (as long as no one knows who is doing the destroying). We also live in a very violent world. We must have books that remind people of what can happen when stereotyping and violence go hand in hand.

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