Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces


By Henia Reinhartz

“My family and I were in hiding. Suddenly I heard someone panting on the stairs... we didn't breathe. Who was coming now?”

Lodz, Poland, 1944. As teenaged Henia Rosenfarb sits with her family in a small, secret room, hiding from Nazi soldiers while the net tightens around them, she makes herself two promises: that she will one day travel to Paris and that she will become a teacher. With the support of her family and the Bund, a political movement dedicated to social justice, Henia keeps her focus on these promises. Little can the fiery redhead imagine that her path will take her from wartime Poland to faraway Canada. These “bits and pieces” of her life give us a glimpse of a tumultuous past and a faith in the future.

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About the Author

Born in 1926 in Lodz, Poland, Henia Reinhartz endured the Nazi occupation in the Lodz ghetto and then survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Following the war, she lived briefly in Belgium and then moved to Paris where she graduated as a professionally trained Yiddish and Hebrew teacher and where she met her husband, Nochem. Henia immigrated to Canada in 1951 and initially lived in Montreal. She married Nochem in 1952 and soon after moved to Toronto. Henia and her husband have two children, Adele and Avrom.

Product Information

  • Release: October 1, 2008
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 100 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470008

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