This post contains affiliate links. At our homeschool co-op, a woman recommended the book Until We Meet Again by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger. I requested the book via interlibrary loan and obsessively read it. The book is that good.
About Until We Meet Again by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger
We first meet Meyer Korenblit in 1943. His family lives in Poland, and they know that the Germans are about to sweep the city of Jewish residents. His family is in a panic as they prepare to hide and escape from the Nazis.
Meyer’s girlfriend’s family, the Nagelsztajns, face the same dilemma.
In the end, Meyer convinces his girlfriend, Manya, to escape with his family and leave hers behind. Manya’s younger brother, Chaim, also goes with them and leaves his family behind. This one decision saves both Manya and Chaim’s lives.
Ultimately, Meyer’s family hides in a haystack created by a sympathetic Polish farmer, and Manya’s family hides in a basement enclosure. However, those hiding spots are just the beginning of their run from the Germans.
Until We Meet Again is the story of how Meyer and Manya survive for two years until the war ends and are reunited and soon after marry. They were able to stay together for a surprisingly long time until they were finally separated at one of the concentration camps. The book is written by one of their sons.
My Thoughts on the Story
I’ve read plenty of stories from Holocaust survivors, and each one shocks me by the brutality of the Nazis. This one is no different. I am amazed that Meyer, Manya, and Chaim survived their ordeal.
If you like memoirs and are interested in history, you’ll love this story. While at times painful to read, the book is full of hope and the desire to live. While the Nazis were in general, abominable, Meyer survives in large part thanks to two Nazis whose kindness extended his life so he could live until the war ended. He was also helped thanks to the kindness of Polish family friends who help him even at the risk of their own lives.
I read this book obsessively until it was done and then found myself wishing for more. An internet search helped me learn more about Manya and Meyer’s life after the war ended.
This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.
5 stars out of 5 on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
Interested in more memoirs about the Holocaust? Check out this great read:
A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal