A Light in the Clouds

By Margalith Esterhuizen and Gaëlle Fisher

The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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Dark, menacing clouds gathered in the sky that fateful day in August 1941. It was as if even the heavens were sad and angry on the day the officials in Edineți received orders for our evacuation.

Margalith and her older sister, Dorica, grow up in a warm, close-knit family in Romania, but at a young age, the girls tragically lose their mother. Just as they are readjusting to a new family life, their childhood abruptly comes to a brutal end — Romania aligns itself with Nazi Germany and antisemitism boils over in their community. In 1941, Romanian soldiers force Margalith and her family from their home and send them on a devastating deportation march to the unknown. Crossing a river takes Margalith into Transnistria, a wretched land between borders, an expanse of thousands of kilometres containing more than a hundred ghettos and camps. This area, controlled by Romania, is where Jews like Margalith and her family are abandoned, left to die in desolation. A ghetto in the town of Murafa provides a bleak shelter where Margalith and her family struggle to keep starvation at bay until help arrives unexpectedly before war’s end. Her journey to freedom and a new homeland provides both opportunity and heartache, and Margalith finds A Light in the Clouds as she endures the darkness of her past to search out the bright future ahead.


Publication Date: May 11, 2022

Reading Age: Adult

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

ISBN: 9781989719312

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