Always Remember Who You Are

By Anita Ekstein and Beth Griech-Polelle

The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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I had to assume a completely new identity and forget who I had been. And the family immediately began to teach me how to be a Catholic.

When the Nazis invade eastern Poland in 1941, young Anita Ekstein, a cherished only child in a large, close-knit family, is suddenly living in the shadow of fear and violence. At seven years old, she and her parents are forced from their home into a ghetto, and one day, her mother is gone. As Anita’s father desperately tries to save his beloved daughter, he befriends a Catholic man who smuggles Anita out of the ghetto, risking his own life to save hers. Frightened, living among strangers and missing the warmth her parents provided, Anita learns how to be Catholic and spends most of her days inside and in silence. Always at risk of being discovered, Anita has only her newfound faith to accompany her on the lonely path of survival. After the war, orphaned and struggling with her identity, Anita finds her way through her grief and confusion to fulfill her father’s last request to Always Remember Who You Are.


Publication Date: September 19, 2019

Reading Age: Adult

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 232

ISBN: 9781988065533

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