“A Daughter of Many Mothers” is the story of Rena Quint, a Holocaust survivor who, after her birth parents and brothers were murdered by the German Nazis, was fortunate to be cared for by other “mothers” in the concentration camps and afterwards, finally being adopted by Jacob and Leah Globe in the United States.
“There are two of me,” she says. One person is Rena Quint in 2017 – an international speaker, a great-grandmother, an American who does The New York Times crossword puzzle, an Israeli citizen who has an elegant home in Jerusalem, and a loving husband and family. I frequently attend philharmonic concerts and cook gourmet dinners for friends and dignitaries.
“And then there is the other person, little Fredzia Lichtenstein, born in 1935 in Piotrkow, Poland, a little girl whose entire family is murdered in Holocaust. She is a child who survives in a country of cold, ice, snow, and pain – a motherless girl, frightened all the time, with no coat or shoes, no home, no food, no family.
“In April 1945, when I am nine-years-old and imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, there is no food or water for three days. To survive, we drink from puddles, where every kind of scum and pollution is floating. We drink that filthy water, anything to quench our thirst, until we are liberated by the British. How could I have survived the Holocaust? How could anyone have survived?” To this day, Rena Quint continues to give testimony in Israel, the United States, and South Africa. This book explores not only her personal experience, but addresses the social and psychological effects on many of the remaining survivors of those horrific years.
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Authors: Rena Quint and Barbara Sofer
- ISBN-13: 978-1946124258
A Daughter Of Many Mothers
⇒ With the plethora of memoirs by Holocaust survivors, it might be easy to overlook this one by Rena Quint with Barbara Sofer, but it would be a big mistake to do so. Her story is unique and very dramatic and her odyssey following her liberation from the camps in search of her identity is unforgettable.
Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Historian and Chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and director of its Israel Office.
⇒ Reversing her childhood decision to repress the horrors of her past, Rena Quint shares her remarkable story with us. In doing so, she honors those who saved her and ensures that we will never forget this dark chapter in human history.
Dr. Amnon Gimpel, Psychiatrist and author of Brain Exercises to Cure ADHD.
⇒ When I first met Rena Quint I found it hard to believe this eloquent and ebullient woman was the same person who had survived the Holocaust as an orphaned little girl. She is an inspiration.
Dr. Gerald Schroeder, Author of Genesis and the Big Bang and The Hidden Face of God.
⇒ Rena’s story, so beautifully told, is a paean to motherhood under the worst possible conditions. Because she’s American, it’s easier to identify with her. Every Hadassah group that meets Rena is moved to tears.
Barbara Goldstein, Deputy Director of Hadassah Offices in Israel and motivational speaker.
⇒ Not only did Rena retain her faith despite the tragedies in her life, but by sharing her remarkable story she strengthens ours. A Daughter of Many Mothers is a must read!
Naomi Leibler, Hon. President World Emunah.
⇒ More than 20 years have passed since the first time I heard Rena tell her story. The venue was a packed hotel lobby in Cracow and the occasion was the eve of our first visit to Auschwitz, the culmination of our Jewish Heritage seminar in Poland. The students were as captivated with the story as they were with the person. Her story is so genuine, so innocent, so tragic, yet so beautiful. And just like the cycle of Jewish history which such a trip portrays so eloquently, in the end the light conquers the darkness.
Rena finished that session with a statement which has become an educational and inspirational motto for many of the students who have been touched by her story. She told us “We have to be the Jews they never got the chance to be!”
I have come to know Rena as a friend and a teacher and have heard her relate her experience countless times. The story never changes. No embellishment, no commentary. It is apparently as pure and heartfelt today as it was when the events unfolded in real time. It is astounding to see how this child of the Holocaust, drifting from one tragedy to the next, without a stable family support system, has become such a warm, competent, loving wife, mother, grandmother and educator.
Rena has truly become a personification of the beautiful Jewish Mother she never had a chance to know.
Jonty Maresky, M.D.
⇒ Rena Quint has been telling her story to educational groups and visitors to Yad Vashem for decades. Because of her ability to connect and vividly articulate her story, she has touched the hearts and minds of countless persons. Following the thread of her experiences in the tapestry of people, places and events that comprise the history of the Shoah, is what makes the Holocaust palpable for her listeners.
Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of the Libraries at Yad Vashem.
⇒ Rena Quint has devoted a large part of her life to telling her story, which she does with a passion and class that takes the listener (and reader) on an unforgettable journey. Reading about Rena Quint is essential, for she is “the real thing”, not just a story teller.
Phil Chernofsky, Editor, Torah Tidbits, OU Israel Center, Jerusalem.
⇒ Rena Quint knows how to tell her unique story and connect it to people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds worldwide. I have witnessed her interaction with Christian visitors at Yad Vashem. No one remains unmoved by her experiences. I warmly recommend this testimony presented in her book to Christian communities around the world.
Dr. Susanna Kokkonen, Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.
⇒ Rena is the first Holocaust survivor I met in person. I was deeply shaken by her story and moved by the kindness she showed towards me and my generation of Germans. And I can’t describe the joy I felt of seeing and hearing how her life has turned out. It’s a real life happy ending after such an unimaginable suffering. I’m glad she is sharing her story. The crimes committed during the Holocaust must never be forgotten.
Anja Reumschüssel, Journalist, Hamburg, Germany.