by Linda Press Wulf

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Author: Linda Press Wulf
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC (May 7, 2007)
Language: English
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Author Linda Press Wulf snatches her readers up in the earliest pages and takes us on this journey to. This book tells the story of two sisters, Devorah and Nechama, before and after the titular Night of the Burning.

Author Linda Press Wulf snatches her readers up in the earliest pages and takes us on this journey too. We feel the forward movement as Devorah lets down her guard and learns to give and receive love again. Her ability to make us feel Devorah’s emotions is phenomenal. Wulf is passionate about preserving stories. Narrated by Devorah, the story alternates between the present, which sees the sisters travelling from Poland to an orphanage in South Africa, and the past: when the girls lived with their Jewish parents in the village of Domachevo.

1921–22 After Nechama skipped away from the orphanage, looking back only once, the days passed very slowly for me. I sat on my bed for hours, thinking of nothing, or stared out the window at the hot. garden with its strange, too-bright plants. First Mama and Papa had left me; then I had lost Aunt Friedka and Madame Engel. Now Nechama had gone off with strangers she was ready to call her parents. I felt as heavy as a stone. One night I dreamed that I was Papa, pulling the laden cart behind me. When I woke up in the morning, the weight hardly seemed to lift.

The Orphanage in Pinsk, Poland. Goodbye to Eastern Europe. The Night of the Burning. A Village Called Domachevo. From Pinsk to Warsaw. The Beginning of the Bad Time. Home to the Orphanage. How Can They Do This? I Have Some News for You.

The story begins in Poland in 1921, set in a little known period of history – the periods between the World Wars. It's the story of Devorah and her sister, who escape the Night of the Burning in their village during the Jewish pogroms, and their incredible journey to safety, led by philanthropist Isaac Ochberg.

Born in South Africa and resident at one time or another of Canada, Japan and Israel, she has lived for nine years now in California with her husband Stanley Wulf and her two sons

Born in South Africa and resident at one time or another of Canada, Japan and Israel, she has lived for nine years now in California with her husband Stanley Wulf and her two sons. Stanley is in real-life the third child of the Devorah in this story. He went to medical school and, by coincidence, won the Isaac Ochberg Award.

And her debut novel, "The Night of the Burning"? Smart and honest. It has the wherewithal to show that even people who live through terrible disasters together can be willingly separated once that danger is past.

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It's the story of Devorah and her sister, who escape the Night of the Burning in their village during the Jewish pogroms, and their incredible journey to safety, led by philanthropist Isaac Ochberg. Books related to The Night of the Burning.

Wulf creates an emotionally charged narrative that captures a sad, bittersweet, sometimes resentful and starkly realistic girl struggling to remember the past while forging ahead with an entirely altered future. Heartbreaking and poignant with a touching, positive conclusion.

Автор: Linda Press Wulf Название: Night of the Burning Издательство: Bloomsbury Классификация .

Автор: Linda Press Wulf Название: Night of the Burning Издательство: Bloomsbury Классификация: ISBN: 0747590516 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780747590514 ISBN: 0-7475-9051-6 ISBN-13(EAN): 978-0-7475-9051-4 Обложка/Формат: Paperback Дата издания: 0. 5. 2007 Рейтинг: Поставляется из: Англии. Week Book Award Alexander von Humboldt () was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North America, his name still graces four counties, thirteen towns, a river, parks, bays, lakes, and mountains.

The Night of the Burning.

Devorah’s world is shattered by the tragedies of post–Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors. In 1920, eleven-year-old Devorah and her little sister, Nechama, are the sole survivors of their community. Salvation arrives in the form of a South African philanthropist named Isaac Ochberg, who invites Devorah and Nechama to join his group of two hundred orphans in their journey to safety in South Africa. Although reluctant to leave her homeland, and afraid to forget her family, Devorah follows her sister, who is determined to go to the new country. There Devorah is dealt the greatest blow – Nechama is adopted and taken away from her. In the end, though, Devorah realizes that she is not solely responsible for keeping the past alive, and that she will not betray her beloved parents when she is adopted herself – and finds happiness again. This gripping first novel, inspired by and based closely on the childhood of the author’s mother-in-law, was recipient of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.  The Night of the Burning is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Comments: (7)
My mother's siblings were Ochberg Orphans brought up in the Johannesburg Jewish Orphanage. I was brought up by my aunt, who was one of the Ochberg orphans, after my mother died. Many of my aunt's friends were also Ochberg orphans. My uncle was adopted shortly after arriving at the orphanage in Johannesburg and, as the book describes, each adoption is a story in itself.

The story is beautifully told and brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. I can strongly recommend this book for both adults and children.

At my aunt's orphanage in Poland, which I believe was in Warsaw, the children were divided into three groups with sibling all being in the same group. The first group was sent to the USA, the second group to South Africa and the third group to Palestine - this was different to what happened at the different orphanage described in the book. Otherwise, the book closely resembles what I heard from my aunt in her reminiscences.

Barry Berelowitz, San Diego, CA
powerful and compelling story of two young sisters wrenched from home and family for their faith and their journey from the flames of their village to a new home in south Africa. i could not put it down.
My heart fell for this amazing story of two young girls. This story is about two Polish girls who went through some very tough times. From losing their parents to moving to Africa and to being separated. I particularly like the way the story moves in between the past and their present. I would recommend this book to anyone aged between 11-14. You will not regret buying this book.
This was such a moving book I got lost in, I contacted the writer to see if she ever did public speaking. Listed as a JR reading, i read it as an adult and have recommended it many times for others.
If I were a writer of children's books, which I am not, and I wanted to write my debut novel I'd start very slow. Maybe write something fluffy and fun to begin with and then slowly, over the years, ease my way into serious historical fiction. I certainly wouldn't have the guts to plunge into a personal narrative and I CERTAINLY wouldn't be able to bring a little known (little known to American children, that is) moment in history to the fore. That is probably why Linda Press Wulf is now slated to become a great author to watch while I spend my days reviewing. Guts? She's got `em. And her debut novel, "The Night of the Burning"? Smart and honest. It has the wherewithal to show that even people who live through terrible disasters together can be willingly separated once that danger is past. So it would be worth our while to follow Ms. Wulf's career.

The adults in the orphanage refer to Devorah as "the sad one" when they think she cannot hear, and sometimes when she can. She hasn't smiled since she and her sister Nechama arrived in Pinsk, and little wonder. Both sisters have lived through a deadly pogrom in their small village as well as bearing witness to the death of their father, their mother, their uncle, and their aunt. As the elder of the two Devorah is still on the lookout for danger wherever the two go. Yet when a kind man by the name of Isaac Ochberg arrives to tell the children that he's taking 200 Jewish orphans with him to South Africa, it is little Nechama who persuades her older sister to go. Once established Nechama is soon plucked up by a family that only wants one little girl. Devorah, for her part, ends with a kind couple who aren't entirely certain how to care for this scarred, sometimes furious child. What Devorah must learn is to let go of the past but always remember where she came from. Once she is able to do that, she may even love her new family, in a way that still pays tribute to the past.

There are certain rules a person acquires over the years when determining whether or not a book is worth finishing. Here's a new one I've just added: If the author can make you tear up by page 10, this is a book worth finishing. To be honest, I'm still shocked at how quickly Wulf is able to engage the reader. On page one you hardly know the characters and by ten you're snuffling in your soup when Mr. Ochberg gently rocks Devorah and sings a lullaby as she cries for the first time since The Night. It's nothing short of amazing.

Plus the character of Devorah was imbued to her bones with life. This was the kind of kid who was easily disturbed by stories, to say nothing of the horrors she'd eventually endure. You get a glimpse of her strength early on when we see her reworking the story of Jael in her head. In the original tale, Jael killed an enemy by knocking a tent peg through his head. Devorah is mildly obsessed with the logistics of this. "How did she hold the tend peg and swing the mallet hard at the same time? What would have happened if she hadn't got the peg in all the way?" Eventually Devorah reworks Jael's situation over and over until she decides that the man could have been trapped by a large metal half circle hammered into the ground around his neck. When Devorah senses an unpleasant problem, she does her best to correct it. Actually, all the characters in this book are rendered beautifully. Kindly Mrs. Kagan, who adopts Devorah but doesn't understand how to communicate with her at the start, is described by the girl thusly: "I couldn't decide about Mrs. Kagan yet. She was big and solid, and she moved like the three girls at my school who sometimes linked arms and plowed through the crowds on the playground chanting: `We. Walk. Straight. So. You'd-Better-Get-Out-of-the-Way'." This is perhaps the best description of a person in a children's book I have ever read. The best part is that we all know people like that.

Wulf is also adept at taking a small still moment between two people so as to imbue it with greater meaning. In a graveyard in her village, young Devorah officially vows to always remember her people's stories. Says her Papa, "My heart is full of pride. But my head worries about you. Now that you have vowed, you must remember. But there are different ways of remembering, my child. Hard ways and easier ways. I hope you will find an easier way." For those amongst you who are considering reading this book in a children's book group, this is a good line to parse the meaning of. It's such a pleasure to read a writer who knows how to slip small meaningful moments into ordinary situations. When Devorah hugs the other orphans because a once sick Mr. Ochberg is getting better, Wulf writes, "I can feel their hearts, I thought, I can feel each one's heart."

The authorial technique of flashing between the present and the past was a good move on Wulf's part. Kids will appreciate the reassurance of knowing that Devorah and her sister both survive their village's pogrom by seeing them safely ensconced in the orphanage at the beginning of the tale. By showing them moving to the safety of South Africa, the book is also able to pair a sad tale with a hopeful one, keeping the book from bogging down in misery right from the start. Too many children's books crack the reader's heart in half at the tale's beginning and then expect that same readership to happily skip along to an unbelievable happy ending. And say what you will about "The Night of the Burning", the ending we find on this story is wholly and utterly believable.

Ms. Wulf would be amiss in not mentioning the powerlessness of the indigenous black Africans, and she certainly brings them up once in a while. They do not become the focus of the book, though, so their story is sort of scuttled to the side. I felt conflicted about this choice. For example, almost at the end of the book Elizabeth, the servant of Mrs. Kagan, leaves for the weekend without saying goodbye to Devorah when her sister is visiting. Devorah wonders why Elizabeth didn't say her farewells, but never really resolves the question. Are we to assume that Elizabeth knew the character of Devorah's sister and responded accordingly? I wish more had been said on the topic. In a way, I hope that Ms. Wulf considers writing a sequel to "The Night of the Burning", if only to resolve some of the issues she's brought up with this book.

In any case, a strong book and a remarkable debut. Few if any American children are aware of the work of Isaac Ochberg, to say nothing of the politics of South Africa. "The Night of the Burning" closes another gap in their knowledge and offers a perspective I've not seen before. Linda Press Wulf has shown the world she has a particularly deft hand. Let's hope she displays it again soon.
Debut author Linda Press Wulf presents a poignant and curious tale that rightfully earned her the 1998 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award. Based closely on her mother-in-law's childhood experiences, Wulf deftly weaves an emotionally charged story that is full of despair and heartbreak, loss and hope. With vivid images and simple, but elegant language, this memorable title is an excellent work of historical fiction that should be included in all library collections.

For twelve-year-old Devorah Lehrman and her younger sister, Nechama, growing up in a Polish shtetl during the early twentieth century is all about survival. Living side by side with their Christian neighbors, food is scarce and work is limited for the few Jewish families of Domachevo. Devorah's parents try to provide for the girls, but are stricken with typhoid fever and the two girls are left in the care of their widowed aunt. On a dark and dreary night in 1921, anti- Semitic Russian soldiers attack the small town, destroy the synagogue, and burn down the homes of the Jews. Devorah's aunt hides the girls in the loft of a barn; the girls survive the night of terror, but their aunt is ruthlessly murdered by a Cossack. .

As orphans, the girls are taken to Warsaw, where they are part of a group of two hundred Jewish children who will travel to South Africa, a much safer country, in order to be adopted by Jewish families. A struggling photographer and his wife take in Devorah while Nechama, now known as Naomi, becomes part of the wealthy Stein family. Separated from her sister, she struggles with her new life and holds on to her grief. In a pivotal moment with her adopted mother, Devorah realizes it is time to embrace her second chance at life and open her heart to joy.

The strength of this compassionate story lies in the power of the first person narration by Devorah, alternating chapters from her past in Poland to her present life in Africa. Historical notes found at the back of the book and a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms scattered in the text will give the reader, a better understanding of the turbulent times the Lehrman family experienced at the early part of the last century.

Ages 9 - 12.

Reviewed by Debby Gold