A Part of Me

Bronia Jablon is separated from her family, and even her husband has escaped into the woods without her. It is 1942, the height of Nazi persecution in Poland, and Bronia and her three-year-old daughter, Lucy, wonder how they will survive each day. Should they hide in their hometown or should they search for their family in the nearby ghetto? Starving and exhausted, Bronia does not know who they can trust when all of their old friends and neighbours are either collaborating with the Nazis or too terrified for their own lives to offer assistance. When they finally find help, a cold, dark cellar becomes both their haven and prison. A Part of Me is a story of devotion and perseverance, and of how love sustains a mother and her daughter as they make it through the Holocaust one pivotal decision at a time.

At a Glance
Poland; Ukraine
Ghetto
Hiding
Mother and daughter survival
Postwar Soviet Union; Poland; Israel
Arrived in Canada in 1967

160 pages

Recommended Ages
16+
Language
English

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Photo of Bronia Jablon

About the author

Bronia Jablon was born on April 15, 1918, in Dubno, Poland (now Ukraine). She survived the war with her daughter, Lucy. After the war, she completed her nursing degree in the Soviet Union and then lived in Poland and Israel before immigrating to Canada to be with her daughter and grandchildren in 1967. Bronia Jablon passed away in Toronto in 1994.

I was now totally alone, dependent on my own strength and the caprice of fate. I ran out of the house with my beloved Lucy in my arms and the hope that God would not desert me.