The Watchmaker's Daughter: A Memoir by Sonia Taitz
The Story of a Daughter of Holocaust Survivors
Sonia Taitz has written a heartfelt memoir called The Watchmaker's Daughter. She is the daughter of World War II Holocaust survivors, and Taitz reveals what her life was like as a descendent of a couple who were both surviving Jews. And more importantly, she shares what was expected of her.
This powerful story begins before Sonia was born with her parents surviving the horrors of the Nazis, each at concentration camps. But she tells this story through her views of what she was told about her parents' ordeal.
To make up for her parents' stunted opportunities, Sonia works hard to become the success her parents felt like they were robbed of.
Sonia Taitz's Parents
met in a New York hotel at a
Lithuanian Jewish Survivors' Ball.
The Watchmaker's Daughter by Sonia Taitz - A Memoir
"The Man Who Fixed Time" is the title of the first chapter of this powerful memoir. And each chapter builds from Sonia's early life to adulthood.
She writes about her struggles along the way of being the daughter of parents who survived the horrors of Hitler's concentration camps in their own ways.
Embarrassed that they only had a two-bedroom apartment and that her brother slept on a fold out sofa in the living room kept Sonia from having friends over because they invariably asked where her brother's room was. Her typical teenage rebellion was met with her father's physical rage and her mother's tears and disappointment.
Doing and saying what she thought her parents wanted became routine, including a first marriage to a Jewish man she didn't totally love to satisfy her parents' expectation that she should continue the Jewish people by having Jewish children of her own.
More Books by Sonia Taitz - In the King's Arms: A Novel and Mothering Heights
Simon Taitz, Master Watchmaker
A Lithuanian Jew, Simon Taitz was spared death
at Dachau concentration camp by repairing
watches for the Nazis. The Nazis appreciated
precision and order, and Taitz gave that to them
with watches that worked.
Simon Taitz asked for help with his work and saved
the lives of numerous Jews who sat in his watchmaker's
workshop day after day. These men knew nothing
about repairing watches, but the Nazis
didn't know that. The men were fed and safe.
Watchmaker's Tools - Simon Taitz Started Over in Manhattan and Worked as a Watchmaker and Jeweler for 65 Years
Gita Taitz, Concert Pianist
Before the war, Sonia Taitz's mother, Gita,
was about to debut as a concert pianist.
During the round up by the Nazis,
Gita was separated from her mother
but rushed to her mother's side and went to
the camp with the elderly Jewish women.
She kept her mother alive during their time
at the concentration camp by helping with
the work expected of her mother.
Reviews and Praise for The Watchmaker's Daughter
- Kirkus Reviews -- Sonia Taitz The Watchmaker's Daughter
An invigorating memoir about coming of age as the daughter of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and Holocaust survivors.
- notanotherbookreview: The Watchmaker's Daughter heartbreaking and funny
Sonia Taitz’s The Watchmaker’s Daughter (McWitty Press, October) is an extraordinary memoir -- wise, heartbreaking and funny. I love this book, which reveals the unassimilated soul behind Marjorie Morningstar, the ethnic origins of Erica Jong’s Fear
- Girl Who Reads: Simply Beautiful
I wasn't sure if I would like reading a memoir. I'm not big on celebrity gossip or knowing what is going on in everyone's lives. I'm a private person and tend to respect that privacy for others. But I loved the Sonia's writing when I read In the King
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