The Birds Sang Eulogies

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
239 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2021
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Author Biography

My desire that people know about the sins committed against ordinary people, European Jewry, by ordinary people, the Germans during WWII. We live in a tumultuous time with too much hatred. The Birds Sang Eulogies is a warning to all of what can happen when haters gain control of democracy.

Mirla G. Raz is a past president of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association. She is a member of the Board and the Education Chair for the Phoenix Holocaust Association. Ms. Raz’ newest publication is The Birds Sang Eulogies: A Memoir. The book recounts the harrowing experiences of her parents during WWII as they struggled to survive the Nazi’s attempted extermination of the Jews.
Ms. Raz is a retired speech pathologist and the author of the popular Help Me Talk Right books How to Teach a Child to Say the “R” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons, How to Teach a Child to Say the “S” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons and How to Teach a Child to Say the “L” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons and Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do. Ms. Raz is also a contributing author in other publications.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Birds Sang Eulogies: A Memoir by Mirla Geclewicz Raz is a moving memoir that gives readers glimpses of what it meant to be a child of the Holocaust and how they had to deal with the trauma of their parents in their own way. The scars left by the Holocaust do not go away and the author speaks about the horrendous acts humans can conduct, and also the extent of human resilience. She also speaks about having memories; the normal along with the abnormal, and fond memories along with the horrific. The book will make readers realize nobody can understand the magnitude of the Holocaust unless they have experienced it personally. Anna and Danny Geclewicz's stories of survival throw light on their three generations that were affected by the Holocaust. Every Holocaust survivor has their own story and experiences, and the author speaks of how emotional she becomes when she reads, talks about, or watches programs on the Holocaust.

The Birds Sang Eulogies takes readers into the grim realities surrounding the Holocaust and how it had a long-lasting effect on the minds of those who experienced it, and also their next generations who heard the stories of horror narrated to them by their elders. Anna's story is heart-rending: living in the eastern city of Lvov, and fleeing to Germany with her sister when it was certain the Germans would kill the Jews, and hiding her Jewish identity as she worked as a maid in a German household. Danny's journey along with his brothers is also horrifying and gives readers glimpses of the terror that reigned during the Holocaust. The two different experiences of horror and terror faced by Anna and Danny, and how they meet in Germany to start their lives together is interesting. Mirla Geclewicz Raz shares Anna's poems in this memoir which again gives a peek into the times of World War II. This memoir is not just a tribute to the author's parents but also a tribute to all the families who suffered, endured, and survived the terror that reigned during that period. It is an honest and personal memoir that will show readers one of the most horrific times of history.