When the Diamonds Were Gone: A Jewish Refugee Comes of Age


When the Diamonds Were Gone: A Jewish Refugee Comes of Age in America in the 1940s ➬ [Ebook] ➧ When the Diamonds Were Gone: A Jewish Refugee Comes of Age in America in the 1940s By Julian Padowicz ➸ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk After a grueling and dramatic escape from occupied Poland in at age eight Julian and his mother arrive in America in with big plans Julian s beautiful former socialite mother Barbara wants to write a After a grueling and Diamonds Were PDF Î dramatic escape from occupied Poland in at age eight Julian and his mother arrive in America in with big plans Julian When the PDF \ s beautiful former socialite mother Barbara wants to write a memoir and regain her former social position Julian just wants to fit his war damaged psyche the Diamonds Were Kindle Ô into the American way of life As Barbara climbs her social ladder she succeeds in opening for herself doors that few manage to open In the the Diamonds Were Gone: A ePUB ´ process she slams in Julian s face the very doors that other parents struggle to open for their children.

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  • When the Diamonds Were Gone: A Jewish Refugee Comes of Age in America in the 1940s
  • Julian Padowicz
  • 18 January 2016
  • 0897339193

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9 thoughts on “When the Diamonds Were Gone: A Jewish Refugee Comes of Age in America in the 1940s

  1. Mandy Mandy says:

    Exactly as the title tells us, this is the story of a young Jewish refugee, Julian Padowicz, who escapes to the US from war torn Poland with his indomitable but self centred mother Barbara, and sets out on his quest to adapt to the American way of life It is, of course, a moving, if all too familiar, story and all credit to Padowicz for overcoming the obstacles and forging a successful life for himself However, I remained unengaged throughout and couldn t connect emotionally to him This is th Exactly as the title tells us, this is the story of a young Jewish refugee, Julian Padowicz, who escapes to the US from war torn Poland with his indomitable but self centred mother Barbara, and sets out on his quest to adapt to the American way of life It is, of course, a moving, if all too familiar, story and all credit to Padowicz for overcoming the obstacles and forging a successful life for himself However, I remained unengaged throughout and couldn t connect emotionally to him This is the 4th volume of his memoirs and nothing about it makes me want to read the others It all felt rather predictable and I found my attention wandering regularly, not helped by the fact that the author has a tendency to ramble quite a lot Worthy but ultimately not very interesting

  2. Ruby Tuesday Ruby Tuesday says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and Chicago review press for an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.This is tale brilliantly told by the author of his arrival in the US in 1941 with his Jewish Socialite mother after escaping occupied Poland It shows the struggles that he encounter when arriving at age 8 after already having endured farthan his peers I read lots of Holocaust memoirs but am equally interested in Jews that had the foresight and financial means to leave their European Thanks to Netgalley and Chicago review press for an advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.This is tale brilliantly told by the author of his arrival in the US in 1941 with his Jewish Socialite mother after escaping occupied Poland It shows the struggles that he encounter when arriving at age 8 after already having endured farthan his peers I read lots of Holocaust memoirs but am equally interested in Jews that had the foresight and financial means to leave their European countries during the rise of Hitler, or like this book early on in the war The author tells his story with wry humour and made me laugh out loud at times particularly in his descriptions of his mother who comes across as very self centred and snobby yet had the strength of character to get them to safety against all odds It is implied and confirmed that his mother often uses her looks and other charms to get her way I loved Julian s description and fears that he would achieve nothing in life and be forced to live on the goodwill of relatives in someones attic Without doubt, his mother failed to give him the love and support during what must have been a huge challenge for someone so young but the author is a great storyteller who manages to make this a rather light and humorous tale I didn t realise that he had written previous books and I m now very keen to read his book Mother and Me Escape from Warsaw 1939 I would have loved to have seen some photos of the author now and during the period that the book was written although as this was an advance copy, maybe the final will have I m intrigued to see the nose that Julian s mother keeps bidding for him to have plastic surgery on This for me is just as important as Holocaust memoirs as it conveys how the events in Europe overturned peoples lives during this period even if they survived An excellent and enjoyable read

  3. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    I have mixed reviews for this book This is the memoir of Julian Padowicz and his mother s escape from Poland during WWII fearing increased anti Semitism and persecution But this is Mr Padowcz s 4th book and tells the story of his struggles as a young child, age 8, to fit into American society and schools.While I found his story heartfelt and interesting, and at times very funny, I had some problems with his writing style I found it to be a bit rambling There are frequent references to anoth I have mixed reviews for this book This is the memoir of Julian Padowicz and his mother s escape from Poland during WWII fearing increased anti Semitism and persecution But this is Mr Padowcz s 4th book and tells the story of his struggles as a young child, age 8, to fit into American society and schools.While I found his story heartfelt and interesting, and at times very funny, I had some problems with his writing style I found it to be a bit rambling There are frequent references to another time and place while he is in the midst of describing perhaps his freshman year at Rumsey Hall It seemed a little disjointed to me.Mr Padowicz was certainly left to find his own ways to fit in at school and his lack of fluent English was a big hurdle As we find out later in the Epilogue it wasn t until he was in his 60 s that he sought out a psychiatrist and was told he had ADD combined with dyslexia This explained his problems with inattention in school and his problems with reading and retaining information.His mother was absent for most of his life except at holidays and occasional visits to the boarding school He seemed a sad little boy who was lacking love and acceptance As he grew older he found things that he was good at, running and hurdling, etc and his self acceptance grew He slowly became aware of his skill at storytelling whenever he had an audience to listen to his far fetched stories He wasfortunate than many others who came to the US for asylum because he had an aunt and uncle who were wealthy, could provide food and shelter and get his mother introduced into society She eventually wrote a book which was quite successful His summers were spent at camp and he did a fair amount of traveling which opened his eyes to other parts of the world.I did enjoy reading the book and am grateful to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this memoir

  4. Karen Karen says:

    This memoir by Julian Padowicz was incredibly sad to read although it was also funny and surprisingly uplifting too What was shocking to me is how disconnected the author was from his mother and unloved he was, in general Mr Padowicz and his mother s journey from Europe to America was so brazen and hard fought from is other books that it is heart breaking that she hardly saw him when they settled in America when you especially need the care and comfort of a parent.I have read many books on This memoir by Julian Padowicz was incredibly sad to read although it was also funny and surprisingly uplifting too What was shocking to me is how disconnected the author was from his mother and unloved he was, in general Mr Padowicz and his mother s journey from Europe to America was so brazen and hard fought from is other books that it is heart breaking that she hardly saw him when they settled in America when you especially need the care and comfort of a parent.I have read many books on the Holocaust but never read one that was about someone who came to American with money Everyone I know, including my grandparents, came here dirt poor While it is true that money can t buy you love it is also true that his family s money allowed him to be shuffled to elitist schools that inspired him to do his best However without support he was left to manage his own insecurities and fears and what was later diagnosed as ADD He was also left to a mother who seemed to hate a part of Julian, mostly his looks especially his nose, his obvious Jewishness and she constantly cruelly badgered him to have a nose job I greatly admire Mr Padowicz for his ability to understand that this was due to his mother s own fears and self hatred and he was able to challenge her about it and to come to peace with her With all of these challenges you might think that Mr Padowicz might bash his mother or be angry or bitter but he actually tells his complex story in a straight forward, funny and sardonic manner Quite compelling.Thank you to NetGallery for allowing me to review this book for an honest review

  5. Jeanie Jeanie says:

    Anything WWII is one of my favorite genre of books and especially ones that are based on actual experiences Julian Padowicz a Polish refugee along with his mother shares his struggles as he balances his past, present and his future The events in Julian s life were fascinating as he learns the language, baseball, and adjusting to school I am under the impression that the relationship between Julian s mother and himself was strained in many ways They seemed to lack a connection and in Julian s Anything WWII is one of my favorite genre of books and especially ones that are based on actual experiences Julian Padowicz a Polish refugee along with his mother shares his struggles as he balances his past, present and his future The events in Julian s life were fascinating as he learns the language, baseball, and adjusting to school I am under the impression that the relationship between Julian s mother and himself was strained in many ways They seemed to lack a connection and in Julian s narration, seem to lack emotional element that I find in other books of this genre His mother being a social butterfly and Julian beingof an introvert may be the cause of the lack of emotion In reading another review which I normally do not read other reviews when reading a book that I am wanting to review myself however, when I cannot connect with a book, I like to see how others are connecting or not connecting and one reviewer mentioned that the writing wasof rambling which I tend to agree However, in Padowicz story he does struggle with reading writing and how to focus so that may explain his rambling tendencies In analyzing his mother s relationship and the lack of attachment, it seems like there is a lack of attachment in his narration as well A Special Thank you to Chicago Review Press and Netgalley for ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  6. Paula Ackley Paula Ackley says:

    Although there was nothing really wrong with When the Diamonds Were Gone I did not find too much that I liked about it either It is the fourth book of memoirs that the author has written and not having read the first three the blurb about the book in the giveaway did not mention that there were earlier books I only had the bits of background that were in this book to get me caught up on Mr Padowicz s story Yes it was difficult to get out of Europe Yes there was a big adjustment to become A Although there was nothing really wrong with When the Diamonds Were Gone I did not find too much that I liked about it either It is the fourth book of memoirs that the author has written and not having read the first three the blurb about the book in the giveaway did not mention that there were earlier books I only had the bits of background that were in this book to get me caught up on Mr Padowicz s story Yes it was difficult to get out of Europe Yes there was a big adjustment to become Americanized Yes he wasn t nurtured and his mother was only present in his life when it was advantageous for her to be there Yes he had no self esteem and no friends Then at the epilogue we find out that he is dyslexic and has ADD None of these are reasons why When the Diamonds Were Gone often segues to another topic, place or person and then comes back Things were often repeated I would have liked to see the author elaborate on what he thought was important enough to have included in his memoir Most of the story felt like things were just put in or mentioned just to have them in the book

  7. Jordan Stivers Jordan Stivers says:

    A very enjoyable, insightful tale of a young Jewish refugee boy growing up in America I found myself actually chuckling at his insights and being quite downtrodden with him when things out go amiss in his life The tone of the book is really enjoyable, much like how I imagine an intelligent child would see the world Despite his loving portrayal of her, I found myself with a huge distaste for his mother throughout my reading because of her selfish, cold ways My biggest dislike of the book as a A very enjoyable, insightful tale of a young Jewish refugee boy growing up in America I found myself actually chuckling at his insights and being quite downtrodden with him when things out go amiss in his life The tone of the book is really enjoyable, much like how I imagine an intelligent child would see the world Despite his loving portrayal of her, I found myself with a huge distaste for his mother throughout my reading because of her selfish, cold ways My biggest dislike of the book as a whole was that it took me quite a while to get into It did not draw me into reading it for pleasures sake until quite a few chapters in, which I find a weakness with how much depth there potentially is with the story s background Overall, I m really glad to have had the opportunity to read it Note I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads program

  8. Cheryl Dietr Cheryl Dietr says:

    A book the explores the relationship between a boy and his mother who is busy making her way in the world with her son as an afterthought While Julian attempts to reconcile the relationship through his writing it is painfully obvious that he is unable to do so A lesson on what abandonment does to the soul.

  9. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    This was a very interesting book To think that his mom probably as looking for attention all of the time and him trying to find his way He made it and did something good for themselves I think that a lot of private school at the time knew how to deal with students that English was a second language to them.

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