A Vow Fulfilled tells the sotry of a determined young woman who would not let the Nazis beat her down. Fran Laufer crawled out of the ashes of th eHolocaust to build a succesful life and devoted herself to educate future generations of the painful lessons of her past. Hers is an interesting and inspiring must-read.
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There are so many unanswered questions when thinking about and discussing the Holocaust, How? Why? These are all questions that historians, rabbis and scholars will be discussing forever. We will never have satisfactory resolution of these moral dilemmas, however, if there is anything constructive that we can glean from this horrific period in history is the lessons and examples that we have of amazing personalities and courageous heroes from that dark period in Jewish history. These heroes are not distinguished military personnel or articulate politicians. The heroes that we admire most from this time are ordinary people who emerged from this dark time determined to right the wrong and to re-set the moral compass of humanity to the proper standard. Such a person is Fran Laufer. With the defeat of the Nazis yemach shemam and the liberation of the Jewish victims, Fran Fuchsbrumer found herself alone, an orphan bereft of her sainted parents and her dear brother and sister. Fran was in frail health and the prospects for her future seemed bleak. Upon her liberation from Bergen-Belsen she joined a community of survivors where she met her knight in shining armor, Simon Laufer alav hashalom. Fran and Simon created a life and a future together based upon traditional Jewish values that they brought with them from the alter heim but were determined to forge forward, overcoming tragedy and poverty, but never ever forgetting. Fran did not waste time or energy feeling sorry or bemoaning her tragic past, instead, Fran was consumed with the determination to make up for the lost years of her youth. From the time she stepped foot in America, Fran worked hard to make her new life work. She went to school and became fluent in the English language which opened countless doors of opportunity for her. She enrolled and graduated in the New York School of Interior Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Frans panache for interior design and her impeccable taste brought her much success when she opened her showroom, The Fran Laufer Collection, which was sought after and represented in interior design showrooms across America. Her fashion flair and sense of style is her trademark as she brings presence and grace wherever she goes. Despite her professional acclaim, Fran never forgot her roots and her responsibility to the Jewish community. Fran was the founding President of the Rivkah Laufer Bikur Cholim and remains the driving force and energy behind this worthy organization until today. Fran is a celebrated speaker on Jewish topics, especially on the Holocaust and was invited to give testimony for the Steven Spielberg Holocaust Foundation and also at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut. Most recently Fran Laufer authored a book entitled A Vow Fulfilled. This is one more example of Frans determination to educate and keep the lessons from the Holocaust alive as she crusades to ensure that the rich heritage of Europe and the tragedies of the Holocaust never be forgotten.Review:
Everyone loves a success story. We can t resist the vicarious thrill of escaping into the lives of real-life heroes who, against all odds, miraculously and heroically soar. It s no wonder, then, that a book like A Vow Fulfilled The Fran Laufer Story: Memories and Miracles has the power to capture our attention. When I first saw the book s eye-catching cover, I thought that it would be like many other Holocaust books. After reading the book in virtually one sitting I was surprised. A Vow Fulfilled is more than a Holocaust diary it is a soul-stirring story of selflessness, strength, and ultimately success in the face of evil; it is a tribute to the human capacity to rebuild and to love after unthinkable horrors. Horrors is an understatement. At age 9, Frimciu (Fran) was ensconced in the loving arms of her warm, chassidic family. At 13, she was alone in the Nazis lair, surviving on her wits and audacity. At 15, she was working in a labor camp, stealing a daily vitamin from her overseer to keep herself alive. At 19, she was in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, battling typhoid. And at 20, she met the man who was to become her husband, her family, and her future. It seems inconceivable. How can a person who has suffered so continue to live and not merely to live, but to live a Torah-filled life of meaning and purpose? Fran Laufer proves that with faith and resilience of spirit, the impossible is possible. A legendary philanthropist and founder of the famed Fran Laufer Collection, a unique collection of international antiques, she shares her incredible journey from barbed wire to antique brass, and shows how one can rise from the depths of relentless degradation to accomplish incredible feats. We, the survivors, can only hope that we are leaving a legacy of courage, determination and heroism. These are Fran s powerful and poignant words, and they exactly characterize the life that she and her husband Simon built for themselves after the hell of Hitler s death camps a life of courage, determination and heroism. Notwithstanding the tribulations of financial setbacks and a stillborn baby, a daughter s divorce and a son-in-law s untimely passing, and despite their ever-present haunting memories, the Laufers worked tirelessly and selflessly to fulfill the vow they had made to their martyred families: to raise a new generation of Jews in a Torah-true fashion. They succeeded in doing more than just that. The financial empire they built facilitated the creation and support of numerous Jewish institutions: Rivkah Laufer Bikur Cholim, Young Israel of Hillcrest and Deerfield Beach, the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, the chassidic dynasty of Bobov and Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem. Their dedicated support of yeshivas and synagogues enabled them to spearhead the resurgence of Jewish life in the post-war world. As Fran recounts her experiences, her gentle Polish lilt can virtually be heard on each page of the book, telling of pain, of a fierce to desire to live, and of the heartwarming adoration felt for the husband who was everything to her. In a voice full of faith and gratitude, she tells the story of a woman who, with her husband, forged a new life for themselves and filled it with profound love for and dedication to their family, their community and the Jewish people. This story, depicting a woman of valor who surmounted a horror-filled youth and went on to create an incredibly meaningful life, is an invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature. --The Jewish Press
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Book Description Targum Press, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111568715021