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Spark of Hope: An Autobiography

Luba Wrobel Goldberg

Luba is born into a poor Jewish family in the shtetl of Ciechanowiec, Poland. She provides a unique lens into a now vanished world, as she describes her childhood in Ciechanowiec, and her high school education in Bialystok. When the Germans invade Poland in 1939, Luba is only a teenager. She records the anguish and suffering her community endures under Nazi occupation. She manages to evade deportation to Treblinka death camp by escaping to the forest. Luba encounters many near-death experiences as she traverses the Polish countryside - hungry and cold. Finally, Luba finds a group of Russian partisans operating from the Bransk forest and joins the brigade. With the group she bravely participates in several daring military missions. Luba attributes her ultimate survival to luck and miracles.

Immediately after the war, Luba marries Chaim, also a Holocaust survivor. They both uncover the tragic fate of their families. Due to persistent antisemitism, Luba and Chaim flee postwar Poland, and become refugees in European DP camps for five years. Together with their two infant children, they manage to leave war-torn Europe, with only the clothes on their backs, ultimately moving to Australia for a new life. Luba vividly and humorously describes her trials and tribulations as a new migrant in Australia.

An eternal optimist, Luba's spark of hope is never extinguished.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers
  • Publish Date: Jul 15th, 2024
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.75in - 1.22lb
  • EAN: 9789493322790
  • Categories: SurvivalJewishHistorical

About the Author

Wrobel Goldberg, Luba: - "Holocaust survivor Luba Wrobel Goldberg (1923 - 2022) was born and raised in Ciechanowiec, Poland. She attended the Zionist Tarbut school. After her father's sudden death, Luba was sent by her mother to nearby Bialystok to study dressmaking at ORT Trade school. Little did Luba know at the time that this trade would later save her life more than once.After the war Luba married Chaim Goldberg, a Holocaust survivor from Sokoly, Poland. They fled Poland due to persistent antisemitism and were put in a Displaced Persons camp in Waldenburg, Germany, where daughter Goldie was born, and soon, a son, Jack, in Milan, Italy. In 1949 they emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, aboard the Napoli. In Melbourne, Luba and Chaim worked 16 hours days in manual labor. With their savings they opened a shmatte shop in Brunswick. Luba's shop became a haven where women gathered to receive advice, blessings, and clothing - free of charge if in need. In her early seventies, Luba studied VCE English. Most of Luba's inner circle were Holocaust survivors, but Luba loved to meet people from all walks of life, young and old. She would smile, advise, and stress the importance of optimism and faith."