. . an important personal and historic document."
. . Gracefully written… a triumph of the human spirit… a universal
. . reads like an apocalyptic Hassidic tale in which the terrible
phylogeny of the Jews was acting itself out through the author's
-- Professor Emeritus Michael Kerestesi, Wayne State University
parents, grandparents and 2 brothers all died in the holocaust.
He survived. His Auschwitz inmate number was A7868. His name is
Dov Beril Edelstein. This is his story… of hope.
stirring and twisting account, this memoir will take the reader
on an almost unfathomable journey of physical, emotional and spiritual
survival. But World's Torn Asunder is bigger than just an eyewitness
account of the holocaust. What makes this memoir special is its
a retired rabbi, educator and lecturer with a lifetime of experience
in the jewish communities of Eastern Europe, Israel and North America,
Edelstein masterfully weaves personal memoir into historical context,
with a deep appreciation for Jewish lore and tradition.
of all types will glimpse the full richness of Jewish life in Hungary
in the years leading up to the war. Jewish faith, customs, community
and ethics not only sponsored hope for survivors like Edelstein,
these values continue to inspire the forgiveness and tolerance which
define the jewish perspective on this still surreal period of history.
published in the US and later in German by Bohlau Verlag Publishing,
Worlds Torn Asunder has also been used for over a decade as a text
in religion courses like "The Quest for Wholeness" at institutions
like Mercer University.
Edelstein has shared his inspirational personal story and the book's
message of tolerance with thousands of mostly non-Jewish students
and church audiences.
available in both paperback and on Kindle, the book is enjoying
a resurgence and an ever widening readership.