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Rose Temple : A Child Holocaust Survivor's Vision of Faith, Hope and Our Collective Future (Hardcover)

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A multidimensional book about history, personal identity, spirituality, and healing the world

The Rose Temple is the dramatic, inspirational account of a woman’s transformation from child Holocaust survivor to spiritual messenger. Part memoir; part call to action, it follows the life of Lucia Weitzman from a small town in Poland, where at age five she discovered her Jewish origins after the Second World War—yet remained, under often trying circumstances, with the adoptive Catholic parents who saved her—to a worldwide spiritual quest, begun in midlife long after she’d reconnected with the Jewish community.

In the interim, Lucia married a Jewish man, also from Poland, and raised a traditional family in the suburbs of Detroit. Losing her husband when she was only fifty-three, she faced a stark choice: Resume a conventional life and perhaps find a new companion, or explore the vivid dreams and inspired writings she began experiencing, all containing deep Biblical symbolism. She chose the latter, an often solitary, challenging path.

Through her journey, she finds answers to questions about God’s presence in our world during times of evil and suffering, but she also flips the question around. What about our presence and choices in God’s world?

In an age of escalating hate and violence, The Rose Temple is a testament to the power of choice that lies within each of us to transform and attempt to heal both ourselves and the troubled world we live in.


“More than a Holocaust history or memoir: a heady read that ultimately asks readers to examine their own lives…fueled with the passion of an individual’s journey, accessible to a wide audience: a standout read in the literature of Holocaust survivors and Jewish spiritual exploration.” – Midwest Book Review

“A debut memoir about adversity, identity, and a mystical quest for spiritual succor. The poignancy of her revelations…and her lifelong quest to rediscover her lost self will enthrall even readers who are skeptical of all things mystical. A beautiful, meditative account, of literary and historical merit.” – Kirkus

“The spiritual lessons of The Rose Temple open to a future where the spiritual paths of many traditions may flow together within a deep and common stream of human spirituality.” – Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington

“Lucia Weitzman lives within the awareness of [her dreams] each day, somehow having this inner knowing they will ultimately lead her to the heart of her authentic self. And most beautifully, she understands that this journey never really ends—it is just the beginning of a soul finding its wings and living from the center of that truth.” – Barbara Techel, author, “Through Frankie’s Eyes: One Wo
Number of Pages: 250
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: General, Holocaust, Judaism / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: S. Mitchell Weitzman
Language: English
Street Date: June 16, 2016
TCIN: 50812638
UPC: 9780996117708
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-8986
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