"My contribution to the future generations is to tell my story, however painful it is. And to my children and grandchildren: I have not told you of my experiences to harrow you, but to strengthen you. And to all be happy who live in fine apartments, in ugly houses, be happy. You who have your loved ones and you also who sit alone and dream and can weep and you the sick who are being cared for and you who care for them. And be happy you who die a death as normal life, in hospital beds or in your homes. And the Kadish for them I say. My Parents, My Brothers, I have never forgotten you. Life is so cruel. We cry for the ones we lose and continue to live, we eat, sleep, hope, dream, laugh, love and hate. We do not turn to stone and stop feeling.

We suffer pain and sorrow and go on living. But there must be a limit how much we can endure and still say life must go on. I wish Iíd have an answer. I could never understand at any time why I was in a place like Auschwitz. Why someone wanted me to die.

In the end, the most striking fact about Auschwitz is that anyone got out alive and that is my story about. I want to show you live, not death. Thatís where the lesson is. That how you must tell the story to a 12 year old. I wish that anyone in the would should ever have to suffer such agonies; the daily torment and the will tu survive and I lived through probably the most destructive hell ever devised on earth. The nazis can never be forgiven because their obsessive evil can never be understood. And the terrible time of the past would not be repeated. And tu enter a world of freedom and happiness; a world of love and peace.

Writing these pages was a painful year spend I relieving the suffering of the past. These pages tell of no more than 40-50 percent of what I went through." --- Rachel Zysmanovich Nurman, May 24, 1987

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About Rachel Zysmanovich Nurman:

Rachel Zysmanovich met and married Israel Nurman, also a survivor of the Holocaust, after the Liberation. The Nurman's relocated to the northeast United States soon thereafter. Three children were born of their marriage, namely: Rosalie, Harry and Freddie.

In 1987, Rachel penned Warsaw: 1939-1945, a detailed account of the five-year span of her life as a young jewish girl during the Holocaust. Read an excerpt of her book here.

Mrs. Nurman currently resides in Florida. Her husband passed away in October of 1993. She spends her time enjoying her children and grandchildren, Jonathan, Adam and Danny. This website is developed to facilitate sharing her Holocaust experiences and insights with generations around the world.

We appreciate your time and interest in our website and welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you might have concerning Mrs. Nurman, her book and/or her familiarity as a Holocaust Survivor, please feel free to address them to her in email.

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My grandma, Rachel Nurman, is the strongest woman I will ever know. No person in the world has been through nearly as much as her. She is a constant reminder of how precious life is. My grandmother has shown me you must live each day to its fullest, and never take anything for granted. What I admire most about her is her unparalleled wisdom, her kind and compassionate nature, and most of all her amazing ability to survive.

Throughout her life, my grandma, or Bubby as I call her, has travelled countless places, and has been through unbearable times. All of which has made her a very learned woman. Whether it be knowledge or relationships, health or family, everything she says has always contained substantial reasoning. I enjoy listening to her so much and could sit and talk with her for hours at a time. I feel she knows more about life than anyone else in this world, and I cherish all her advice.

Another of my grandma's wonderful characteristics is her good-heartedness and compassion for other people. I am not just talking about your typical nice person. She would help out a stranger in need, she discriminates against noone and she would easily give up her life for anyone in her family. If everyone in the world were like my grandmother, the world would be a magnificent place to live.

Lastly, but most importantly, my grandma has taught me to be a survivor. As a survivor of the holocaust, she has been through enough turmoil to last ten lifetimes. From her reminiscent stories of the concentration camps, I can hardly imagine what she went through. Furthermore, any person who can go on with life after having their entire family murdered has to be strong. My Bubby has proved this strength and courage time and time again.

In conclusion, it is now apparent just as to how special a person my grandma, Rachel Nurman is. Every day I learn more through her wisdom and compassion, and I see her as my hero. She is the best grandparent anyone could have. I will cherish everything she has taught me so far, and one day I hope to pass on these same teachings to my grandchildren.

Your grandson, Danny
June, 1999

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