Across The Rivers Of Memory Analysis

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Felicia Carmelly’ suffering and her subsequent devotion highlights her constant love and dedication for her culture and religion. Her memoir, “Across The Rivers of Memory,” focuses on all the aspects of her personal life: from spending her adolescent years in a beautifully constructed and pampered childhood to the deprivation of basic human needs, and then further leading her to growing up as a strong, independent woman. Born in 1931 in the town of Vatra Dornei (Dorna), Bukovina, which was part of eastern Romania into a Jewish family, Felicia Carmelly, formerly known as Felicia Steigman, was the only daughter of her parents. In fact, she was the only granddaughter and niece to her grandparents and, aunts and uncles, respectively. Carmelly was raised in a Jewish household where their life revolved around their strong devotion to religion and culture. She lived in a house built by her paternal grandparents, and went to school as a…show more content…
There was a shortage of food and water. The dehumanization process continued in the sense that people drank the same water where others defecated in. There was no sense of humanity, only hopelessness. The fascists were slowly succeeding. Throughout Carmelly’ time in Shargorod, her family did anything to keep their human dignity. Once Carmelly was chopping wood and cut herself. She noticed a man dressed in Romanian uniform standing and observing her. Carmelly thought this was the end of it; however, the man turned out to be helpful as he helped chop up the wood and provided supplies for Carmelly and her family for a couple of days. The Romanian officer, Peter, had a Jewish wife and a son who were taken to a concentration camp. He risked his life to help Carmelly and many others because of his realization of the atrocities that were being committed, but also because of his personal connection to the
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