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When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

Written by Ariana Neumann

Narrated by Rebecca Lowman


When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

Written by Ariana Neumann

Narrated by Rebecca Lowman

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4.5/5 (22 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Feb 4, 2020
ISBN:
9781797101231
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Description

In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.

In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews. He was transported to Auschwitz. Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book.

Of 34 Neumann family members, 25 were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo’s eyes. What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn’t bring himself to talk about it. All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened.

When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined.

When Time Stopped is an enthralling detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly 90 years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life. In uncovering her father’s story after all these years, she discovers nuance and depth to her own history and liberates poignant and thought-provoking truths about the threads of humanity that connect us all.

Released:
Feb 4, 2020
ISBN:
9781797101231
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Ariana Neumann was born and grew up in Venezuela. She previously worked as a foreign correspondent for Venezuela’s The Daily Journal and her writing has also appeared in The European. She currently lives in London with her family. When Time Stopped is her first book.

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    Phenomenal writing to weave the story from years of research. Once I started listening the pause button did not get pushed much.

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    A well written, poignant life story! It is so important that our generation hears these stories and that we teach them that we make choices in life that help us value people, or we make choices that result in hatred, anger and an arrogant attitude towards others.

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