Quest for Eternal Sunshine: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Darkness to Light

She Writes. Apr. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781631528781. pap. $16.95.. MEMOIR
Rubin, born into an observant Jewish family in Poland in 1924, experienced a childhood rife with anti-Semitism and years of ­torturous labor at the hands of the Nazis. When he immigrated to the United States in 1946, he had experienced more than a lifetime’s worth of pain and loss. Ever resilient, he created a successful business and a happy family, embarking on the undertaking of healing his psychological wounds. This memoir, posthumously edited by daughter Goodman (cofounder, Earthbound Farm), documents both his physical journey from Poland and Nazi concentration camps to America, and his emotional one from fear and depression to peace. Rubin applied his remarkable creative aptitude and used techniques of affirmation and visualization to retrain his mind toward happiness. He explains his thought processes clearly in brief chapters. Examples of his poems, affirmations, and visualizations illustrate the practices that helped him live a life of joy.
VERDICT This heartfelt account of a remarkable life will interest anyone who has suffered trauma or who is overcoming difficulties, as well as those interested in ­Holocaust survivor biographies.
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