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The Watchmaker's Daughter: A Memoir by Sonia Taitz

Updated on May 6, 2014

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.

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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.

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Have You Read The Watchmaker's Daughter? - Do You Have Another Holocaust Survivor Memoir to Suggest?

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I haven't read it but probably I should.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I have not read it. Sounds depressing - I prefer uplifting things!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Maybe the Hiding Place - although this one sounds better. I definitely have short listed this memoir, it sounds as if it has family drama as well as telling the Holocaust story. Hey! I got to bless your lens. Also pinned to "Books worth Reading." Thoughtful review.

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I have not heard of this book, but based on your review here I will put this on my list. Thank you for the suggestion. Blessed

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      I haven't read it but it sounds good.