Rena’s Promise

“Rena’s Promise is the number one favorite book of all of my students– and they read five books their senior year, including Night, In My Hands, In Cold Blood, and In the Lake of the Woods, as well as Othello!” Jill Van Alstyne, Wyoming School System

The extraordinary memoir of a young woman from Poland who survived the Nazi death camps for more than three years. Sent on the first Jewish transport to Auschwitz, Rena Kornreich is soon reunited with her sister Danka in the camp.

Each day becomes a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart – a promise to take care of her sister. Rena tells her story of life in the camps with relentless sobriety.

But it is not without hope, for what emerges through the horror is a humanity stripped to its essential connections – the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, men and women prisoners, even prisoners and guards.

Through these connections, Rena survives each day with the deep conviction that she and her sister must see the next.

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