We Never Lost Hope

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Naomi Litvin is a free-lance writer living in Northern California, grew up in Michigan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice, Magna cum Laude from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Naomi is a  participant in the Jewish Book Council‘s Meet The Author Program for 2009 – 2010.

We Never Lost Hope is Naomi’s family’s story and her first book.  Naomi Litvin recreates her parents’ incredible love story in the powerful memoir. Litvin, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an American Jewish GI who landed at Normandy, lets her family members reveal the stories of their lives before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Told in five indelible voices, the book gives a you-are-there punch and a moving immediacy. Lovely and haunting, We Never Lost Hope is a reminder that genocide can happen anywhere, and that we all must be vigilant against the forces of hatred.

“Naomi Litvin leaves all students of the Holocaust in her debt… every memoir adds to our knowledge, both of what happened, and of the emotions and feelings of that terrible era, and this memoir is no exception: it calls out to be read” (Sir Martin Gilbert).

“We Never Lost Hope (…) is a love story that captures a piece of history we must never forget. I could not put this book down until I had consumed every page. A prisoner of the Auschwitz death camp is liberated and falls in love with an American GI (Jacqueline Serena).

I like jazz and classical music and your book is built up as a jam session; with voices singing around a theme, adding something of their own personality, flooding memories;and then withdraw to give room to another voice who pick up the thread and goes on… it’s an entirely new approach of writing. I don’t like comparing but if needed, I’d say We Never Lost Hope is somewhere between Virginia Wolf’s Waves and Dokotorow’s Ragtime. You have that rare quality to taking the reader and simply walk him through the events, with no pathetism(Johnny Popescu).

“I cried reading the book, never imagining a story that I read about so many times would become so real to me. The narratives of your family make it personal because it is a horrible reminder how under the worst conditions genocide can destroy us but a testament on the strength of the human will for the most basic things: survival and love” (Tamara Olaniyan).

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