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Fires Forever Burning, by Paul Hookham

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Follow Rachel Fischer’s journey from the Jewish Quarter of Krakow until she uncovered the truth about her past, over 40 years later.

Discover how she retained her passion for music and her optimism for the future; even after she was separated from her parents in the rat-infested ghetto; even after she witnessed the unparalleled brutality of the SS; even after she was parted from the love of her life; even after the world lost interest in the crimes against her people.

Her parents brought her up in the Kazimierz district of Krakow. It was an idyllic childhood and by her 10th birthday, she could play the violin like an angel.

She represented her home city in the national competition where her talent, along with one other, shone through. Although hugely gifted, she retained her modesty throughout one of the darkest periods of history.

Like many survivors of the Holocaust, she was wracked with guilt but her multi-lingual skills helped to assuage some of it when she was asked to be a translator at the Nuremberg trials. This nearly got her killed but her search for redemption, and her parents, never wavered and the fire inside of her never went out.

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