FIRST SHE ESCAPED THE HOLOCAUST AND THE POVERTY OF THE SHTETL. AFTER THAT, SHE MOVED IN MANY WORLDS. AND IN EVERY ONE SHE MADE HER MARK.
"Henry Massie never blinks as he creates an astonishing chronicle of a life in diaspora. Only a son could capture this passionate spirit, who escaped both Adolf Hitler and Joe McCarthy." --Patty Friedmann, author of TOO JEWISH
From the author:
I had listened to my mother’s tales all my life and wanted to share them. She was an escapee from a Polish shtetl wiped out by the Nazis, a high-school political activist in Lithuania, a university student in France who lost her first love tragically, a partisan for Arab-Jewish co-existence in Palestine who was caught in the first intifada in 1936, and a penniless arrival to America in 1937.
Yet when she died she had amassed one of the most important collections of Modern Art in the world and was a university lecturer on the subject.
In writing about her, I understood for the first time how her experience of losing loved ones to the Nazis had been passed on to her American son.
But as a psychiatrist, I was drawn to Felice’s story because it shows so much resilience in the face of terrible emotional trauma. Her life dramatizes how just keeping on through days of having nothing but a belief that "someday I will have something," can be a powerful survival tool.
– Henry Massie
From the publisher:
One of Felice’s friends called her “the quintessential perfect modern woman.” I call her a role model. We should all be so inventive, so quick, so brilliant and mesmerizing. When I got to the part of the narrative where she immigrates to America, I held my breath, afraid the exciting part was over. But I just didn’t know Felice. I ended up fascinated to the end, riveted by Felice’s ability to be herself, to make her mark no matter where she was.
-- Julie Smith
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"Felice's Worlds" is written in ebook format only
Jessica Magill is happy to sponsor an interview with Dr. Henry Massie about his book :
Dr. Massie, I'm wondering what it was that inspired you to write the biography of your mother in particular. Could you share that insight with our readers?
Thank you, Dr. Massie. Felice was a fascinating woman, and I'm sure she was a captivating mother!
Jessica' Review in a Nutshell :
I've read books about the Holocaust since I was in grade school and had to read "The Diary of Anne Frank" as a class assignment. The people and the horrors of the time have always plagued me since I was a child. Reading "Felice's Worlds" gave me another perspective on the War and helped me put a young woman in the place of a certain power instead of the place of a victim this time. Felice was so strong, I felt like she wasn't a victim in the War, but she lived each moment in such a way as to overcome her adversities. She was the woman we all hope we could be in such dire circumstances.
I loved Felice and reading about her life and times. As a professional woman who had to lay down her tools of trade for the tools of a subservient nature she triumphed in her good will toward others. In her willingness to provide a means to give to others from her meager monies and food, she was a philanthropist. In her attitudes throughout her life toward those who were of the working class, she was a kind and thoughtful supporter. And in her sharing of her extensive knowledge of art and architecture throughout her life, she was a luminary.
An extraordinary woman in extraordinary times. I loved this biography of Felice, and I celebrate her very special life with her son and the others who knew her.
5 stars Jessica Magill