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I am thrilled to be able to make this announcement, my book Memory Is Our Home, is being published, Feb 2015. The news I got from my publisher, Christian Schön, “we assigned the following ISBNs to your book: EU edition: 978 3 8382 0682 0, US edition: 978 3 8382 0702 5" Professor Kenneth Waltzer, Michigan State University, offered those words of congratulation “belief, determination, and persistence", he was among a handful of scholars who believed in my book from the very beginning. Thank you, to all my supporters who traveled with me on this amazing journey.

Memory Is Our Home
by Suzanna Eibuszyc

  Is based on my mother’s Roma Talasiewicz-Eibuszyc diary, her writings about Warsaw Poland during the years following the First World War and the six long years of World War WII, and how she was able to survive in Soviet Russia. The book is about love and loss. Interwoven with her journals are stories she told to me throughout my life, as well as my own recollections as my family made a new life in the shadows of the Holocaust in Communist Poland after the war and into the late 1960s. This book is also about the consequence of the Holocaust aftermath on the generation that followed.

December 2012
“Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is delighted that your project “the Story of Roma Talasiewicz-Eibuszyc" has been selected to receive funding from the Hadassah–Brandeis Institute. We received many fine proposals this year; more than we are able to fund. You should be proud that the review committee feels that your mother's memoir will become an important source in the historical investigations of social history of Eastern European Jewish women and Eastern European Jewish family between 1918 - 1968."

It is said that in every survivor’s family, one child is unconsciously chosen to be a “memorial candle,” to carry on the mourning and to dedicate his or her life to the memory of the Shoah. That child takes part in the parents’ emotional world, assumes the burden, and becomes the link between past and future. I realize now that my mother chose me to be that candle.


Transmitting the memory of the vibrant culture before the Holocaust is just as important just as the memory of the Holocaust, to combat ignorance and prejudice and sharing of cultures and knowledge of history. It is my goal to bring this book out of obscurity and into a wide readership, a book, which will take its place in the curriculum at the high school and college level, while teaching the important aspects of Eastern European twentieth-century history.

There are only around 5000 Jews living in Poland today, but once Poland was the home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. The Jewish culture in Poland flourished for one thousand years. Before WWII, over 3.3 million Jews lived there, making it the second largest Jewish community in the world. WWII destroyed this community completely, devastating their distinctive culture and society. The extent of the loss was so great, so destructive; we know it as the Holocaust, the Shoah.


Beshert is among the very few English language memoirs that recount what remains—astonishingly—the great untold story of the Holocaust.”

Atina Grossman, Professor of History

Cooper Union College, New York


Six years ago, on the day of my mother's death, I opened the box containing her notebooks.  Writing in Polish, in a shaky hand, my mother filled pages with the memories of her childhood and young adulthood in Warsaw in the interwar years, her struggle to survive as a young Jewish woman in slave labor in the Soviet Interior, during World War II.


Roma Talasowicz-Eibuszyc was born in Warsaw in 1917, the youngest of six. Her father died when she is a one year old baby. The first half of Beshert tells of her childhood and young adulthood: moments of exquisite tenderness and love in the family contrasted with unspeakable poverty, desperation and tragedy.


As a young working girl Roma began to experience the differences among classes in the Jewish community in Warsaw. She became active in the Bund movement, the Jewish Workers Party, taking part in demonstrations to fight for social equality on behalf of her generation--at times, endangering her own life.


Beshert “reads like a Jewish version of Angela’s Ashes….”

Aaron Elster, Vice President, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center,child survivor.

Beshert is a rich, living document, a thirty-year account that reveals the life of a vibrant young woman with hopes and dreams for a better world who lived to bear witness to unspeakable suffering and all that she saw, felt, and thought.  It is a story of sacrifice, determination, loyalty, and love.  It pays tribute to our history and legacy that is now almost forgotten, the vibrant Jewish culture of Eastern Europe that was forever decimated by the events of WWII.

It was while I was studying with Professor Elie Wiesel at the City University of New York that I began to think my mother’s life story might be worthy of being recorded. When I told him about my mother’s life he said, “Your mother must write her story. Future generations must know. You must help her to do it.” 

My mother hesitated to re-enter the memories and bear the pain she suppressed for so long, but in the words of Elie Wiesel "silence is never an option",
so at great risk to her sanity and her health she agreed to commit her memories to paper. She wrote in her native language, Polish, the memoir she called Beshert to honor her generation that had perished so that future generations have a way to remember the vibrant Jewish community that flourished before WWII.   



When I sent the English translations of Beshert to scholars in the U.S. and Israel the response was overwhelming. Leading scholars in the US and Israel have responded with praise for Beshert noting its historical value, its ability to inspire and teach readers young and old, and the important contribution it will make to current and future generations.


A literary agency in New York recommended its development as a young adult novel.


Beshert has been called a historical memoir and a gripping true-life story, a worthy addition to high school and college curriculums.


Beshert is


Read scholarly reviews here and Click below to listen to excerpts from the book

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