Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/25/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781466961807
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781466961791

About the Book

On July 21, 1941, Tikva Cholomovitch was born in Kovno, Lithuania, to Yosef and Asya Cholomovitch, her birth against the direct orders of the Nazis, who had occupied Kovno just one month prior, forbidding the birth of Jewish children. Rescued by her parents and relatives from Hitler’s action against children, during which all children under twelve years of age were taken away from their parents and murdered, Tikva began an odyssey that saw her hidden in a bunker for weeks to avoid detection by Nazi soldiers, her health so deteriorated that death, for the not-yet-three-year-old Tikva, was imminent; rescued by a Catholic Lithuanian family, who risked their lives and the lives of their two young daughters to save Tikva in a late-night exchange at the barbed wire fence, bribing a Nazi guard to secure her safety; uniting with an aunt and uncle who would take her to Palestine (which, eventually, becomes Israel) and to life on a kibbutz; making a voyage across the sea to America to be adopted by Izz and Edna Polsky of Philadelphia. Told in a straightforward narrative, unadorned and plainly conceived, Tikva Means Hope connects in a fundamental manner, hitting emotional chords straight on, with no manipulation or preconception. Meant as a tribute, it is far more a story that strikes a universal chord of survival, community, and love.

About the Author

Sheldon Jeral is a retired social worker who was asked by Tikva’s family to write this book about his wife Tikva’s early childhood experiences during the Holocaust. His work was primarily in the Jewish family service field from which he retired in 1997. He went on to become a child and family therapist for the remainder of his career. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Tikva. Dr. Joseph Jeral, Tikva and Sheldon’s son, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Washington, DC. He lives in Maryland with his wife and son. He has added a moving play, The Story, to the body of the book.