|The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook|
and Miracles & Meals
Recipes your family will enjoy; Stories they will NEVER FORGET
The two cookbooks "The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook" and its sequel "Miracles & Meals" are labors of love, providing food for both body and soul. Each recipe on these pages is accompanied by a personal story of the Holocaust – of courage, loss, suffering, love, support, caring, life, death and miracles of survival. The book shares photos of Holocaust victims and survivors, along with their recipes and memories. The Caras family lovingly collected each of the stories from around the world.
And so her quest began, the global Holocaust Project. She searched the globe for Holocaust survivor stories and recipes. It was difficult going at first, as are many worthwhile pursuits. Stories and recipes finally arrived from locations worldwide. Enough so that she could create her first book, "The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook", and now volume two: "Miracles & Meals".
Buy the books: This is a "gift yourself, gift others, gift everyone" KosherEye selection. We can't think of a better hostess gift, birthday gift or holiday gift. For generations to come, every story, every memory, every recipe, every picture in these books will help to ensure that the world remembers. Never again.. (Books are $36 each) and can be ordered from survivorcookbook.org.
KosherEye notes: Since several of the recipes may be recorded from recollections, a few are not as detailed as some cooks may require. KosherEye is always here to help!
Below are several excerpts of stories and recipes:
Survivor: Lillian Berliner
My name is Lillian Berliner and I was deported with my family from Hungary in 1944. My mother and I survived Auschwitz, and labor camps in Bremen and Bergen-Belsen. We were liberated by the British troops on April 15, 1945.
Most of my family was deported from Hungary and the majority perished in the Auschwitz gas chambers. Miraculously my mother (in her early 40's) and I survived together. We were never separated.
We were starved in Auschwitz, and to alleviate our numerous hunger pains, we invented frequent "dream meals" ranging between coffee klatches, luncheons, informal and formal dinner parties. We planned our menus carefully for hours and in great detail. Our favorite dishes and dessert took priority and were frequently repeated. The table settings, the color of dishes, tablecloths, napkins, flowers for each occasion and the seating arrangements were also discussed. This may sound delusional I know, but during these meal planning sessions, we were briefly transported to a normal world, a world that was so far from our miserable reality. We actually "tasted" the dishes we prepared and our hunger pangs disappeared during the hours of planning. We could hardly wait for the next planning session.
Try this Palacsinta (crepe) adapted from Lillian Berliner.
Survivor Moishe Perlman
My grandfather, Moishe Perlman was in the concentration camp, Plaszow, for most of the Holocaust. Plaszow did not tattoo their prisoners, the prisoners simply had to memorize their numbers. One Yom Kippur, grandfather gave one of his non-Jewish workers his bread because he was fasting. As a means of thanking him, the worker made him a leather and metal bracelet with my grandfather's ID number etched into it.
One night a soldier stopped my grandfather and demanded his ID number. Faced with no other choice, he slipped off his bracelet and handed it to the soldier. The next day a list of numbers were called to be shot, as a lesson to the rest of the camp. All but one person came forward. The camp ledger was checked, but the number did not exist! My grandfather looked down at his bracelet and realized that his number comprised digits that could be read upside down as well as right side up. He had given his bracelet to the soldier upside down, and the soldier dutifully copied down the wrong numbers. All the people who had been called up were killed. Thanks to a piece of leather and some crude metal I am able to have a grandfather.
Try this recipe for Salmon Patties adapted from Moishe Perlman.
Holocaust Survivor George Stern
This story was particularly meaningful to KosherEye, since George is a close personal family friend.
George Salo Stern was born in Brussels Belgium in 1937. He had a peaceful life in Brussels until he was 3. In May 1940, Brussels was bombed by the Nazis. Most of his extended family went to Israel when the Nazis came, and others went to the US. When his immediate family was forced to leave Brussels, he was not able to bring along any possessions. In 1940 George and his family were arrested and sent to Gurs, a displacement camp in France. His mother did not want to send him away with the other children, so she and his grandmother kept him in secret. The other ladies helped hide him. He tried to go outdoors as much as possible, and sometimes the ladies allowed him to run outside where he could run around or stare at rats. He was there for 3 months, and had to learn to be quiet.
The Gurs camp had a population of 2500 people. Out of pure luck, George's mother and grandmother were included in the 800 who were freed; 1700 were sent to concentration camps where they perished. George and his family eventually obtained passage from Portugal to Cuba to the US and settled in Nashville, TN and then in Atlanta, GA. His message for future generations is that "we must always remember the past so that it does not happen again. We must always support the US because it is the land of the free and the home of the brave".
Try George Stern's recipe for Chicken Marbella.