MEET THE AUTHOR
Books and Author: Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 ~&~ Grace in the Wilderness: After the Liberation 1945-1948
When: Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.
Holocaust Documentation and Education Center
2031 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
RSVP: Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Diana Loreman, Librarian, at (954) 929-5690 Ext. 209 or email email@example.com.
Upon the Head of a Goat is a powerful account of survival by a Hungarian girl liberated from Bergen-Belsen. At the outbreak of World War II, 9-year-old Piri is visiting her grandmother in the Ukrainian countryside and is unable to return to her family in the Hungarian town of Beregszász. Aranka Siegal, the Piri of the narrative, finally comes home the following year but finds her life forever changed. This book is a simple and beautiful account of the life of a Jewish family as, step by step, war and anti-Semitism creep closer to the Hungarian town in which they live, finally engulfing them.
In Grace in the Wilderness, Siegal continues her autobiography in this outstanding description of the years just after the war. The book opens on the eve of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and recounts Piri's experiences as a patient in a Red Cross hospital; as a student in a Swedish school for refugees; and as the adopted daughter of a loving Christian family in the Swedish countryside. Piri has survived in large part because of the support of her older sister, Iboya. Siegal emphasizes the bond between the two sisters and between them and their fellow survivors as they search for remaining friends and family and attempt to rebuild their lives.
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