Who by Fire Who by Sword

The Journals of Four Courageous Jewish

By Toby Orlander

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 255

ISBN: 13: 978-965-524-134-1


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by Toby Orlander
Published by Urim
Hardcover, 255 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-134-1

publication: 2013
History has a way of repeating itself, and the sporadic persecution of the Jewish people has been popular with tyrants throughout history. Every epoch has had its heroes and heroines, and on these pages, you will be introduced to four amazing women:
Dina - a very astute seventeen-year-old living in twelfth-century England, she helps her family escape to the Continent in the wake of the destruction rained down on the Jewish communities by the Crusaders.
Freya - escaping the clutches of the evil Torquemada, this teenage girl and her family flee from Spain to Portugal, and finally reach relatively peaceful Antwerp.
Tonya - whose mother died in childbirth, embarks on a dangerous quest to find her father in devastated Ukraine during the Cossack pogroms.
Necha - a young bride. Her harrowing story involves the murder of most of her family and neighbors, and her fight for survival during the Holocaust.
Learn about the terrible times in which these young women lived, and read about the faith and courage that saw them through their ordeals.
About the author:
Toby Orlander was born in Furth, Germany after the Second World War, the child of Holocaust survivors. While she was still in her infancy, her parents were fortunate enough to leave Europe and start anew in the USA. She spent her childhood in Pittsburgh, and in the 60s, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. There, Toby attended Bais Yaakov High School and Seminary, and after graduation, used her teaching skills at the Achi Ezer school in Flatbush.
Toby came almost full circle when she married her husband, Jacob Thaler, and moved back to Europe, residing in Antwerp, Belgium. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and still fi nds time to pursue a full-time career in business, and work part-time as a shadchanit.
Praise for Who By Fire Who By Sword:
"What an amazing testimony of "Netzach Yisroel lo yishaker" - our indisputable, miraculous survival throughout the Galus. Thank you it was very enjoyable reading."
-Rebbitzen Malkie Honig, Antwerp
"The author has brought together four generations of persecution in our history, in one fascinating tapestry, viewed through the lens of four teenaged girls. She has also done us a wonderful service by sharing the true story of her mother within this framework. This is sure to provide many hours of interesting and informative reading."
-Rebbitzen Chaitchi Knopfler, London