A Look Back At a Dark Chapter of History — Holocaust Survivor Pens a Heart Wrenching, Yet Inspirational True Story in Newly Released Memoir
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Readers on the lookout for true stories about the Holocaust will do well by picking up a copy of a newly released memoir by Mary Natan, a Holocaust survivor who witnessed a revolting chapter of history unfold before her eyes. Nightmares and Smiles (Xlibris Publishing), set to hit bookstores this month, is a five-year account of the author’s childhood spent in the notorious Nazi death camps; a vivid, breathing portrait of those harrowing times.

In Nightmares and Smiles, the author tells her story in a straightforward and unadorned style, with no exclamations, no expletives, no tirades. Natan, despite her torment, does not explain; she tells what truly happened. Her indictment of the Holocaust is made that much more powerful by the restraint she uses in her narrative. This book is a real page-turner; one bound to transfix the reader as Natan masterfully whisks the reader from one breathtaking scene into another: from the happy scenes of family life in the city of Lodz and then in a village in western Poland where the author and her family spent a happy vacation though the dark clouds presaging war.