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Yes he did! Remember Your Name is the 2015 winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion, and the 2023 silver medal winner in non-fiction for the Readers’ Choice Awards®. The novel tells a personal family story set during the times surrounding World War II.
What is “Remember Your Name” about?
The book follows present-day family members talking about their family’s difficult and heroic past. While sitting in traffic heading to her great-grandfather’s eighty-fourth birthday party, Hayden asks her dad why her great-grandfather speaks the way he does.
What follows is a car ride she will never forget as she learns about his difficult childhood. From living in the Lodz ghetto at age ten to surviving the hells of Auschwitz and a death march from the Görlitz concentration camp at fifteen, Teddy Znamirowski faced unfathomable horrors, narrowly escaping death time and time again. Liberated at sixteen, he took on smuggling as a means to survive. It was not until the Bricha approached him and he became a lead operative – smuggling thousands of refugees across country borders – that he was finally able to begin his life again. Teddy’s story is one of survival amidst horrific circumstances.
The story does not sensationalize the suffering Dr. Erik’s grandfather and his family endured. Instead this work of narrative nonfiction simply recreates his remarkable grandfather’s early life during one of the darkest moments of human history.
Where can I get a copy of “Remember Your Name”?