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Living among the Dead

This is the story of one remarkable young woman's unimaginable journey through the rise of the Nazi regime, the Second World War, and the aftermath. Mania Lichtenstein’s dramatic story of survival is narrated by her granddaughter and her memories are interwoven with beautiful passages of poetry and personal reflection. Holocaust survivor, Mania Lichtenstein, used writing as a medium to deal with the traumatic effects of the war.

Many Jews did not die in concentration camps, but were murdered in their lifelong communities, slaughtered by mass killing units, and then buried in pits. As a young girl, Mania witnessed the horrors while doing everything within her power to subsist. She lived in Włodzimierz, north of Lvov (Ukraine), was interned for three years in the labor camp nearby, managed to escape and hid in the forests until the end of the war.

Although she was the sole survivor of her family, Mania went on to rebuild a new life in the United States, with a new language and new customs, always carrying with her the losses of her family and her memories.

Seventy-five years after liberation, we are still witnessing acts of cruelty born out of hatred and discrimination. Living among the Dead reminds us of the beautiful communities that existed before WWII, the lives lost and those that lived on, and the importance to never forget these stories so that history does not repeat itself.

"Adena Bernstein Astrowsky’s book, Liv­ing Among the Dead: My Grand­moth­er’s Holo­caust Sur­vival Sto­ry of Love and Strength is an excellent choice for any classroom or student who wants to learn more about the Holocaust from a personal perspective. This book was excellent for my class because it shows so many perspectives of her grandmother’s story. You not only get the narrative of her grandmother, a survivor, but you also see the perspective through the lens of a third-generation survivor. My students really were able to connect with Adena’s writing style and narrative at all reading levels. Another great thing is there’s a teacher’s guide that helps you narrow the focus for your students and classes. In my class, I paired it with the United States Memorial Museum Timeline for educators and it fit right into the timeline as well. I would highly recommend this book and teachers guide to any middle school or high school English, social science, or Holocaust education class."  

- Ashley Crose, Saguaro High School Teacher and Social Studies Dept. Chair  



Available on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, and all major online book retailers worldwide. The book has now been translated into Polish and Spanish.

Book discussion Questions

Book Discussion Questions were created by Kim Klett, Museum Teacher 2003-04, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Executive Deputy Director, Educators' Institute for Human Rights. If you are interested click below to contact Adena.


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