A Journey of Forgiveness and Triumph
by Luna Kaufman
, $19.95, paperback, ISBN 978-1-9352320-3-2, © 2009, 328 pp
Holocaust survivor and author Luna Kaufman (also known as Emelia nee Fuss, born in Krakow in 1926 to Marek and Mania nee Schneider. her older sister was Blanka, born in 1924 ) Luna and her mother were the only two family members to survive the death camps out of 70 family members. Having come to terms with her Holocaust experiences, today she is a tireless champion of Jewish-Christian understanding, having been inspired by her friend, the charismatic Sister Rose Thering, a Catholic nun who for the past 50 years had led the fight to eliminate anti-Semitism from Catholic school textbooks.
Luna's Life is more than a memoir. Reflecting upon the inspiring people and events throughout her life, Luna Kaufman teaches us all the truest and most profound meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation despite unimaginable circumstances. This book will move and inform you about today's importance of Jewish-Christian relations.
Reflecting upon the inspiring people and events throughout her
li Kaufman teaches readers the truest and most profound meaning of forgiveness and
reconciliation despite unimaginable circumstances.
K. She and her mother were the only two family members to survive the Plaszow
and Leipzig camps. After the war, she lived under Communist dictatorship before she was able to
emigrate to Israel in 1950, escaping the strong antiSemitic sentiment of postwar Poland. It was
then that she married her husband, Alex. Luna made the journey to America several years later,
where antiCommunist and bureaucratic immigration regulations at first made her illatease in her
new home. But, ever indefatigable, Luna had made her choice, “There was only one solution to
justify my decision: set out to make the best of the rest of my life.”
Luna has marked her life in America with optimism and public service, serving as her Temple
president, as president of New Jersey State Opera, as a volunteer press coordinator at the 1980
Olympics, and many other roles in state and local government and initiatives, many aimed at
Holocaust commemoration and education. She is to this day a tireless champion of Jewish
Christian understanding, promoting Holocaust education and JudeoChristian relations. Inspired by
her dear friend, the late Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun, she continues to spread awareness
of the atrocities of the past to ensure a future in which genocides no longer occur
Blanka Fuss was born in Krakow in 1924 to Marek and Mania. Prior to WWII she lived in Krakow, Poland. During the war she was in Krakow, Poland. Blanka perished in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted on 08-Sep-1972 by her sister to Yad Vashem
Marek Fuss was born in Warsaw in 1890 to Noach and Pesia. Prior to WWII he lived in Krakow, Poland. During the war he was in Krakow, Poland. Marek perished in 1944 in the Shoah. This information is based on a Page of Testimony (displayed on left) submitted on 08-Sep-1972 by his daughter