The Abandoned; A Life Apart from Life

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Like so many survivors of the Holocaust, Evelyn Romanowsky Ripp's first memories are of a world that is lost forever, destroyed amid savage brutality. Her home town, Lachva, is only a small speck on most maps, yet it was the center of a vibrant Jewish life before the war. Its pre-war life is described here with great charm, evoking a lost age, a lost world.

In 1942 that world came to an abrupt and vicious end. With great feeling, Evelyn Ripp tells the story of the Lachva ghetto. Her poems tell much more, starting with the line: "I've been silent so long." She is silent no more. All those interested in Jewish history will be grateful to her for her words and verses.

Sir Martin Gilbert, Historian

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About the Author:

Evelyn Ripp came to the United States from a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany in 1946. After settling in New York City, she eventually graduated from Hunter College in New York, received an M.A. in Russian from New York University and an M.A. in English from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She has taught both Russian and English.

Today, Evelyn s primary avocation is passing on some sense of the reality of her Holocaust experiences to adults and students through speaking engagements and poetry readings. Evelyn has two married daughters and six grandchildren and lives with her husband, Norbert, in northern New Jersey.

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"She exchanges prose for down-to-earth, non-lyrical poetry. This is an unusual voice for Holocaust survivors to use. Ripp s poetry elequently describes ...the most powerful and chilling lessons, conveyed in this very powerful, and very beautiful book." --Chris Leppek, Denver Jewish News

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