Book One in the Eidel's Story Series
In the Bible, there is a story about King Solomon, who was said to be the wisest man of all time. The story goes like this:
Two women came to the king for advice. Both of them were claiming to be the mother of a child. The king took the child in his arms and said, “I see that both of you care for this child very much. So, rather than decide which of you is the real mother, I will cut the child in half and give each of you a half.”
One of the women agreed to the king’s decision, but the other cried out, “NO, give the child to that other woman. Don’t hurt my baby.”
“Ahh,” said the king to the second woman who refused to cut the baby. “I will give the child to you, because the real mother would sacrifice anything for her child. She would even give her baby away to another woman if it meant sparing the baby from pain.”
And so, King Solomon gave the child to his rightful mother.
The year is 1941. The place is the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland.
The ghetto is riddled with disease and starvation. Children are dying every day.
Zofia Weiss, a young mother, must find a way to save, Eidel her only child. She negotiates a deal with a man on the black market to smuggle Eidel out in the middle of the night and deliver her to Helen, a Polish woman who is a good friend of Zofia’s. It is the ultimate sacrifice because there is a good chance that Zofia will die without ever seeing her precious child again.
Helen has a life of her own, a husband and a son. She takes Eidel to live with her family even though she and those she loves will face terrible danger every day. Helen will be forced to do unimaginable things to protect all that she holds dear. And as Eidel grows up in Helen’s warm maternal embrace, Helen finds that she has come to love the little girl with all her heart.
So, when Zofia returns to claim her child, and King Solomon is not available to be consulted, it is the reader who must decide…
Who is the real mother?
Book Two in the Eidel's Story Series
Hitler has surrendered. The Nazi flags, which once hung throughout the city, striking terror in the hearts of Polish citizens, have been torn down. It seems that Warsaw should be rejoicing in its new-found freedom. But Warsaw is not free. Instead it is occupied by the Soviet Union, held tightly in Stalin’s iron grip. Communist soldiers, in uniform, now control the city. Where once people feared the dreaded swastika, now they tremble at the sight of the hammer and sickle. It is a treacherous time. And, in the midst of all of this danger, Ela Dobinski, a girl with a secret that could change her life, is coming of age.
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Book Three in the Eidel's Story Series
When Jewish Holocaust survivors Eidel and Dovid Levi arrive in the United States, they believe that their struggles are finally over. Both have suffered greatly under the Nazi reign and are ready to leave the past behind. They arrive in this new and different land filled with optimism for their future. However, acclimating into a new way of life can be challenging for immigrants. And, not only are they immigrants but they are Jewish. Although Jews are not being murdered in the United States, as they were under Hitler in Europe, the Levi’s will learn that America is not without anti-Semitism. Still, they go forth, with unfathomable courage. In New Life, New Land, this young couple will face the trials and tribulations of becoming Americans and building a home for themselves and their children that will follow them.
Book Four in the Eidel's Story Series
In the final book in the Eidel's Story series the children of Holocaust survivors Eidel and Dovid Levi have grown to adulthood. They each face hard trials and tribulations of their own, many of which stem from growing up as children of Holocaust survivors. Haley is a peacemaker who yearns to please even at the expense of her own happiness. Abby is an angry rebel on the road to self-destruction. And, Mark, Dovid’s only son, carries a heavy burden of guilt and secrets. He wants to please his father, but he cannot. Each of the Levi children must find a way to navigate their world while accepting that the lessons they have learned from the parents, both good and bad, have shaped them into the people they are destined to become.