The Boy in the Suitcase: Holocaust Family Stories of Survival is a uniquely different Holocaust book. It reads like an intriguing novel, such as the title chapter which tells the story of an infant smuggled out of Germany in a suitcase and raised in the Dominican Republic. Each chapter tells a different story of families throughout the world who have been affected by the Holocaust. This book also covers the trauma of second generation children of Holocaust survivors and the bravery of Christian families who hid Jewish children in Quaregnon, Belgium. The Boy in the Suitcase includes inspirational stories from nations such as Russia, Poland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, and the Dominican Republic. Intelligence, courage, and the will to survive permeate each remarkable chapter.
Sheryl Needle Cohn — Sheryl Needle Cohn, Ed.D, is a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of the fictional illustrated children's series, The Salamander Stories. Dr. Cohn is also a playwright. Her reader's theater production of Bella's Story, from Pogrom to Holocaust has been performed by drama students in high schools, history and education majors in colleges, book clubs, and members of religious and secular organizations. Her research interests include Holocaust education and global genocide.
Chapter 1 Dubno: From Russian Pogroms to the Holocaust
Chapter 2 The Shtetls of Belorussia
Chapter 3 A Baby Girl, a German Displaced Persons Camp, and the Hope of a Nation
Chapter 4 A Second Generation Perspective, Trauma, and Success
Chapter 5 Au Revoir Les Juifs de Paris
Chapter 6 A Baker's Loaf of Life: A Generation Saved by the Resistance in
Chapter 7 Shattered Childhoods in Hiding: Dutch Resistors, a Baron, and a Fairytale Castle
Chapter 8 Exodus From Budapest: Surviving Religious and Political Persecutions . . . Five Times
Chapter 9 The Boy in the Suitcase: Sosua Dominican Republic
Chapter 10 We Are Here!
About the Author
It is important to continue to tell the stories of those brutally humiliated, tortured, and murdered during the Holocaust. . . . This book ensures that the innocent victims will no longer remain anonymous in their deaths. As the Maggid of her ancestral Dubno before her, Sheryl tells unique and inspirational stories in her book. In doing so, she honors the memory of the brave resistors, rescuers, and especially the families whose ultimate revenge is their continuance today.
— Zvi Bielski, son of Zus Bielski of the Bielski Brothers Brigade
I am breathless! I had my family read our chapter and we are overwhelmed. Thank you for doing this and for asking me to take part. This book is a legacy that I would be proud to leave my children.
— Shirley, second generation daughter of survivors
I just have to tell you how much I admire Sheryl's intellectual curiosity, talent, appreciation for heritage and history, determination, and energy.