Across the Rivers of Memory

Across the Rivers of Memory


By Felicia Carmelly

The name Transnistria did not exist on a map. Yet that is where ten-year-old Felicia Steigman and her parents arrive in 1941, after a cruel deportation and death march overseen by Romanian Nazi collaborators. On finally returning to their pre-war idyllic hometown, Vatra Dornei, after surviving three years amid squalor, devastation and death, they find their suffering being silenced. Decades later, Felicia is determined to commemorate the forgotten cemetery of Transnistria in a way that cannot be ignored.

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About the Author

Felicia Carmelly was born in Vatra Dornei, Romania, on September 25, 1931. In 1959, Felicia and her family emigrated from communist Romania to Israel. Three years later they immigrated to Canada, where Felicia earned her master’s degree in social work. Felicia founded Toronto’s Transnistria Survivors’ Association in 1994 and published the anthology Shattered! 50 Years of Silence: History and Voices of the Tragedy in Romania and Transnistria in 1997. Felicia Carmelly lives in Toronto.

Product Information

  • Release: September 1, 2015
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 160 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470541

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