Holocaust to Resistance, My Journey

By Suzanne Berliner Weiss  

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Holocaust to Resistance, My Journey is a powerful, awe-inspiring memoir from author and activist Suzanne Berliner Weiss. Born to Jewish parents in Paris in 1941, Suzanne was hidden from the Nazis on a farm in rural France. Alone after the war, she lived in progressive-run orphanages, where she gained a belief in peace and brotherhood. Adoption by a New York family led to a tumultuous youth haunted by domestic conflict, fear of nuclear war and anti-communist repression, consignment to a detention home and magical steps toward relinking with her origins in Europe.

At age seventeen, Suzanne became a lifelong social activist, engaged in student radicalization, the Cuban Revolution, and movements for Black Power, women’s liberation, peace in Vietnam and freedom for Palestine. Now nearing eighty, Suzanne tells how the ties of friendship, solidarity and resistance that saved her as a child speak to the needs of our planet today.

“Suzanne Berliner Weiss offers a page-turning narrative about her remarkable life of survival, resistance and solidarity. Hidden as a Jewish child from the Nazi regime of Vichy France, Suzanne shares her childhood journey from fascism in Europe to adoption in an American home in Cold War USA. Motivated by an unstoppable drive and experience of consistently standing with the oppressed – from Cuba to Vietnam to Palestine, from women’s liberation to Black power to environmental justice – Suzanne returns decades later to the town that protected her as a child. For everyone who wants to change the world, please, read this book.”

— Abigail B. Bakan, University of Toronto

“Holocaust to Resistance offers a very rich slice of social history, providing a down-to-earth, very personal narrative extending from the Second World War into the Age of Trump: the life-journey of a Holocaust survivor whose entire life became a resistance against the deep-seated structures of inhumanity.”

— Paul Le Blanc, La Roche College

“Suzanne Weiss exemplifies what it looks like to dedicate one’s life, post-Holocaust, to the mandate of ‘Never Again’ – for anyone. Her fascinating life story is sure to inspire many generations of activists.”

— Corey Balsam, National Coordinator, Independent Jewish Voices Canada

“Suzanne Weiss masterfully navigates the reader through the distinctive stages of her passionate journey through a life bursting with political commitment. The result is a rediscovery of the past that will fascinate and inspire.”

— Alan Wald, University of Michigan

“If Suzanne Weiss story is so deeply moving, it is because she is a living testimony of solidarity: the human solidarity of the French peasants who saved her, as a Jewish child, from the Nazi murderers in occupied France; and her own lifelong socialist commitment. “

— Michael Löwy, author of Franz Kafka, Subversive Dreamer

“Suzanne portrays the intersection of individuals and groups, of the psychological and the political. She speaks of things rarely addressed yet vitally important at this time that demands radical change.”

— Judith Deutsch, Psychoanalyst, Toronto

Roseway Publishing
  • Biography/Memoir
  • ISBN: 9781773632186
  • Forthcoming October 2019
  • 300 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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Contents

  • In the Mountains of Auvergne (France, 2017)
  • Recovery from Fascism (France, 1943–48)
  • The Lady from America (France, 1948–50)
  • My New World (New York, 1950–54)
  • Being Jewish in America (New York, 1954–56)
  • Family in Crisis (New York, 1956–57)
  • A Blind Date Brings a Miracle (New York, 1957)
  • A Feud Causes Chaos (New York, 1958)
  • On Strike for Justice (New York, 1958)
  • A New Beginning (Los Angeles, 1958–59)
  • Path to Independence (California, 1959–60)
  • Honeymoon in a Revolution (Cuba, 1960)
  • Fair Play for Cuba (Los Angeles, 1960–62)
  • A Wrenching Decision (Los Angeles, 1961)
  • Engaging with Black Liberation (Los Angeles and Chicago, 1963–65)
  • Fajga’s Plan for My Safety (Chicago and New York, 1963–72)
  • First Woman on the Web Press (New York, 1965–72)
  • Assistant to Veteran Socialists (Los Angeles, 1972–75)
  • Pioneering Women’s Rights (New Orleans, 1975–79)
  • Facing Up to Labour’s Retreat (New Orleans, 1979–83)
  • Poland, Nicaragua and Uncertainties (1981–84)
  • The Buck Stops Here (Virginia and New York, 1984–87)
  • Restoring Family Ties (New York, 1984–87)
  • Land of My Birth (France, 1988)
  • New Home in the North (Toronto, 1994–2003)
  • The Town My Mother Left Behind (Poland, 1939–45)
  • The Call of Global Solidarity (Toronto, 2004–16)
  • Not in My Name (Toronto, Egypt, 2005–17)
  • The Human Thing to Do (Auvergne, 2011–15)
  • “Solidarity, Generosity and Love” (Auvergne, 2015–17)
  • The Road Ahead
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sources
  • Index

Authors

  • Suzanne Berliner Weiss

    Since 1959, Suzanne Berliner Weiss has worked variously as a printer, railway worker, oil worker, legal secretary and gerontological social worker. She lives in Toronto.

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