AND YOU SHALL TELL YOUR CHILDREN: A Chronicle of Survival - Lessons of Life for Today

AND YOU SHALL TELL YOUR CHILDREN: A Chronicle of Survival - Lessons of Life for Today
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    AND YOU SHALL TELL YOUR CHILDREN: A Chronicle of Survival - Lessons of Life for Today

    by Ida Akerman-Tieder

    Softcover, 283 pages with 52 b/w photographs
    Devora Publishing, Urim Publications, 2011
    ISBN: 978-193-444-040-7

    And You Shall Tell Your Children is the synthesis that describes the process of passage from death to life -- the secret of our inherited Jewish wisdom -- using the author's personal experience and the experience of all the people she came across in her practice and private life. It is the hope of someone who looks reality in the face and has the courage to say to a cruel foe, I won't let you defeat my spirit. Focusing fundamentally on the People of Israel, the Land of Israel, and the Torah of Israel, the real originality of this book is found in the professional and human analysis of the "pathology" of the survivor and the process of overcoming this handicap in order to rehabilitate oneself, enabling the reader to identify with this process when facing his or her own difficulties and -- in spite of past ordeals -- to build one's present life in a positive way.

    About the Author:
    Dr. Ida Akerman-Tieder, was born in Berlin in 1927 and lived in France until she immigrated to Israel in 1990. She is a pediatrician and psychoanalyst, laying special emphasis on the importance of connecting with the roots of our people's identity.

    "Escaped from Germany
    Escaped from the camps
    Parents deported
    Left alone
    Hidden to survive
    From there to the reconstruction
    - of a family,
    - a profession,
    - and a social and community life...
    - from Exile to Israel
    All my life was a struggle
    to pass from the register of death
    to that of life."

    Ida Akerman-Tieder wrote this book as a synthesis describing the process of a passage from death to life, using her own personal experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, and the experience of all the people she came across in her practice and private life, with the help of her professional knowledge. Ida believes that this enables the reader to identify with this process when facing his or her own difficulties and, in spite of past ordeals, to build one's present life, in a positive way.

    Ida Akerman is a poet and has previously published three collections: Po'mes Roux, Paris, 1984; Poemes Roux Suite, Paris, 1988; and Evidences - Poemes Roux (Autre Suite), Jerusalem, 2009.

    Praise for And You Shall Tell Your Children:
    "In this book, a poignant personal history is fused with the destiny of a unique people. In a direct style, Ida Akerman gives us a narrative in which one finds the unfailing power of an authentic Jewish education capable of retrieving from the horrors of the cataclysm only sanctity and hope."
    - Professor Binyamin Gross, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Bar Ilan University

    "We are greatly indebted to Dr. Ida Akerman for this moving and inspiring memoir. Reading her, one learns -- even more about human fortitude and the depths of the Jewish soul."
    - Professor Susan Handelman, Department of English, Bar-Ilan University

    "This is one of those rare books which combine unconditional faith and integral humanism, smiles and serenity, philosophy and feeling, attachment to one's people and love of one's family, a fixation upon heaven and overflowing benevolence to mankind, love of the good and horror of evil, and universal history and geography of the Holy Land."
    - Rabbi Dr. Abraham Weingort, Teacher at the Heichal Eliyahu Yeshiva, Kochav Yaakov, Jerusalem and professor of Jewish law at the Sorbonne, Paris

    "Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is followed by Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel Independence Day. It is a natural progression in Jewish life - in Jewish history: Devastation followed by rebirth. Dr. Akerman's life story, And You Shall Tell Your Children, distributed by Urim Publications, is designed to fit these historical parameters, and more. She relates her experiences -- tales of death and devastation -- as they progress towards the miracles of survival and rebirth. The subtitle of her autobiography, "A Chronicle of Survival: Lessons of Life for Today," says it all.

    For the title of her recollections Dr. Akerman employs a pertinent quotation from the Haggadah, "And you shall tell your children," with the identical objective: A commandment to relate the past -- our people's slavery in Egypt and the Exodus -- as a lesson for the future.

    Dr. Akerman was born Ida Tieder, in Berlin, several years before Hitler's rise to power in Germany. Eventually, the Tieder family, Ida's parents and two siblings, succeeded in escaping the ever-tightening noose of persecutions in Nazi Germany to Belgium, and then to France.
    In touching detail the author relates her parents' constant concern in trying to protect their children from the lurking danger in a France gradually turning into a Nazi regime. It is a life of ever-present menace for the German Jewish refugees, a life of one escape after another, of hasty retreats from hiding places in cities to hiding places in the countryside. And yet, through it all, it is a narrative of unwavering faith and determination. Even when, on one fateful day returning from a town where she was sent by her parents on an errand, Ida found the house locked, her parents gone, "rounded up," her world collapsing, young Ida Tieder internalized the awful disaster and eventually succeeded to persevere.

    She went back to school and by 1948 graduated from the university. Her studies and internship in Paris' medical institutions culminated in a medical degree and in a hospital position by 1961. She was a doctor at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris in pediatrics and puericulture by 1964. Then she trained in psychotherapy and practiced in the field until she made aliyah in 1990. 

    By then she was not alone. She was married to Dr. Manfred Akerman, head of the department of nuclear medicine at Foch Hospital in Paris and later at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. Ida and Manfred's family includes three children, twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom live in Israel.

    "Myriam, a gynecologist and a psychosomatician, is married and a mother of three sons," Dr. Ida Akerman relates proudly. "Menahem, a rav and an engineer, teaches Torah at J.C.T. in Jerusalem and is a married father of six," she goes on. "Eliyahu, a psychologist, and the director of the Psychological Center in Kiryat Arba/Hebron, is the father of eleven," she concludes with a brilliant smile.

    Despite her multifaceted medical career and her literary output - in addition to her autobiography she has published three books of poetry in French - I believe Dr. Akerman's greatest source of pride is her motherhood.

    Indeed, she is a true role model - as a Jewish mother, a professional and a lover of Judaism and Israel whose personal tales of survival are historical lessons for the People of Israel." 
    - Prof. Livia Bitton Jackson, The Jewish Press