[Book Review] Among the Reeds: The true Story of how a Family survived the Holocaust by Tammy Bottner

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By Tammy Bottner

Tammy Bottner writes a biography from her grandmother, Melly Bottner’s point of view. As an eighteen-year-old newlywed and new mother, Melly finds the dangers she escaped from in Germany suddenly on her doorstep in Belgium. Bottner tells the story of the unimaginable choices her grandparents were forced to make in order to ensure their survival.

Bottner’s telling of her family’s deeply personal history makes for a compelling read. The book is meticulously researched as Bottner adds in historical context to the events of her family’s reality. She focuses not only on the atrocities faced by Jews in the Holocaust but the on-going impact for survivors and the next generation. The topic is presented in very accessible language making it approachable.

Bottner has created a well-crafted biography that is well worth the read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Tammy Bottner

I am a physician, writer, and mom. I am also the child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors. I have been fascinated for years about the legacy I carry. It is a heavy one. In my new book I explore the science of epigenetics, the idea that traumatic life events change one’s genes, and that these altered genes may be passed along to subsequent generations (such as myself).

In the book I recount the way my grandparents managed to save both themselves and their young children in the darkest days of European history. The book is an homage to my dad, a child survivor who was a ‘hidden child’, sequestered in a Belgian convent for 21/2 years when he was only a toddler.

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