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Book details
  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:Holocaust
  • Language:English
  • Pages:96
  • eBook ISBN:9781620953396

Over the Big Water

Escaping the Holocaust Twice

by Wynne A. Shilling

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Overview
When Hitler’s army rolled into Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1939, Sam and Manya Schillinger had to act fast to save their family from the Nazi terror that was reigning on Europe. The Schillingers booked a trip to Cuba on the S.S. Saint Louis. But when the ship was refused in Cuba and the United States, more than 900 Jewish passengers returned to Europe to face an unknown future. In Over the Big Water, Manya and Sam each tell their story through journal excerpts. Educator and daughter-in-law Wynne A. Shilling guides the reader through this story with historical notes about the policies and politics that forced the Schillingers to give up everything they knew in exchange for survival.
Description
When Hitler’s army rolled into Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1939, Sam and Manya Schillinger had to act fast to save their family from the Nazi terror that was reigning on Europe. The Schillingers booked a trip to Cuba on the S.S. Saint Louis. But when the ship was refused in Cuba and the United States, more than 900 Jewish passengers returned to Europe to face an unknown future. It was then that Sam and Manya put into motion their “plan B.” In Over the Big Water, Manya and Sam each tell their story. Excerpts from their journals, written for their children and grandchildren, tell of the trip on the Saint Louis, the return to Europe, life in a refugee camp, and living in an unknown place. It is a unique glimpse into the lives of two survivors who deeply loved each other and their family and who possessed strong hope for the future even in the face of intense adversity. In this unique telling of their escape from the holocaust twice, Sam and Manya share their thoughts, feelings, strength, and, along with their positive attitude, strategies for survival. Educator and daughter-in-law Wynne A. Shilling guides the reader through this story with historical notes about the policies and politics that forced the Schillingers to give up everything they knew in exchange for survival. The reader will not only walk away with a renewed knowledge of the holocaust, but with deep respect and admiration for a couple who never gave up. Who never lost hope. Who did whatever was needed to get their family to safety Over the Big Water.
About the author
Wynne Shilling is professor emerita of York College of the City University of New York. She is an early childhood educator focusing on literacy education and children’s literature. She co-directed a literacy project, the CUNY Literacy Project, in the New York City public schools. Wynne and her husband John live in Queens, New York, Margaretville, New York, and Boynton Beach, Florida with their two dogs Zach and Zoe. When not outside enjoying sports and nature, they love music, traveling, and visiting with their children and grandchildren.
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