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When Time Stopped The search to discover the past that was never fully mentioned makes this memoir an interesting read I guess this was the first time I had read about the Jews in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and I admit there were some issues which I found rather surprising when compared with the plight of the Jews in occupied Poland This was not my first read on the Holocaust, however, it was not that shocking or compelling in comparison with other books Ms Neumann's love for her father and family is obvious and she is happy and lucky to have found descendants after years of thorough search Her perseverance to find out what her family went through is admirable. In this astonishing story that “reads like a thriller and is so, so timely” BuzzFeed Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: “Like Anne Frank’s diary, it offers a story that needs to be told and heard” Booklist, starred reviewIn , the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in Germanoccupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews He was transported to Auschwitz Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book Of thirtyfour Neumann family members, twentyfive were murdered by the Nazis One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo’s eyes What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn’t bring himself to talk about it All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined A “beautifully told story of personal discovery” John le Carré, When Time Stopped is an unputdownable detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans Neumann brings each relative to vivid life, and this “gripping, expertly researched narrative will inspire those looking to uncover their own family histories” Publishers Weekly Adriana Neumann has written the amazing history of her father Hans Neumann and what his family endured during WWll Ariana grew up in Venezuela daughter of Hans, a wealthy industrialist, and didn’t even know about her fathers history When her father died, she was left a box with all sorts of documents and a picture I.D of her father, that had a little picture of Hitler on it below his From here, she did all the investigating to find out her fathers history. unbelievable!!Hans and his family were Jews living in Czechoslovakia, they had their own paint company, a country home, were doing well until the Nazi’s took over.This is so different from other stories as we see the lengths the people had to go through to keep out of sight of the Nazi’s what a story!Thank you to my Goodreads friend Tammy for bringing this book to my attention!Thank you to Scribner through Netgalley for this ARC Here is a little video by Arianahttps://youtu.be/IKdmasdnpvE “This book is dedicated to the memory of those who could not tell their stories”THANK YOU, *TAMMY* for making sure I didn’t miss this book! Adriana Neumann grew up in Venezuela This book is a tribute to her father, Hans Neumann Part literary family memoir part mystery detective tale..a search for answers and the truth: a daughters profound love for her father!!!What Hans experienced during the war was horrendous and monstrous.He could never speak about it It was only after Hans died, that he left a box of letters diary entries, photos and beautiful memorabilia, (photos of an old watch gave me chills along with other wonderful photos), for Adriana.which sent Adriana on a worldwide search to uncover her father’s storyspanning nearly ninety years Hans was a brilliant man highly respected in his community He built an industrial empire in Venezuela.He had a passion for art Hans compulsively collected watches, books, clocks, medieval objects, paintings, and sculptures.and had an obsession with timekeeping and punctuality He owned 297 pocket watches I found Hans to be a fascinating man handsome loyal to his family driven smart as a whip And this was even ‘before’ we learn about his ( wonderful) daughter, Ariana, who uncovers the family secrets from the past In Hans later years before his death, he suffered a massive stroke, which left him wheelchair bound It was really inspiring to learn how he kept active His physical limitations didn’t stop himfrom his exercise regime He was up early swimming laps aided with a float, and traipsed up and down the corridor with a walking frame three times a day HANS LIVED FULLY after the war up to the day he died but he didn’t burden his family one iota about the horrors he endured during the Holocaust After suffering a series ofstrokes that left his legs paralyzed completelyhe eventually succumbed to his death Ariana’s father was cremated September 11, 2001 Shortly after Hans died, Ariana gave birth to her first child A boy She and her husband were living in London at the time of her father’s death Adriana shared about her childhood growing up in Caracas, Venezuela in the 1970’s, and 80’s Her neighborhood in Venezuela sounded like an oasis with a wonderful garden that had dozens of different palms, mangos, guava, acacia, and eucalyptus treesand bushes covered with orchards Adriana said; “The country that I grew up in was filled with promise There were serious problems— social disparity, corruption, and poverty— but there was also a sense that such issues were being addressed Social and educational programs were being implemented; government housing, schools, and hospitals were being built”.Venezuela in the 1970s and 80s had a stable democracy, a rising literacy rate, and a flourishing art scene.Migrants where are attracted by the quality of life and the relative safety, climate, and business opportunities Hans and his older brother, Lotar, migrated to Venezuela because their country had been broken by war The brothers started a paint factory together that proved to be prosperous It was fun to read a little bit about the type of girl Adriana was as a child She wanted to solve mysteries… She knew very young she wanted to be a detective or better yet a spy.As a child she started a spy club with her cousins.Little did Adriana know at the time that she would carry her detective talents into her adult life — associated with her own father The storytelling page after page was engaging moving and intimate which became grippingly riveting as Adriana uncovered information going through his papers, notes, letters, and all those things her father quietly saved his collections after his death So much she didn’t know about his past While growing up in Ariana’s family, they were allowed to freely discuss politics, religion, sex, drugs, her parents marriage, divorce…any topic except her father’s past Hans past was a taboo topic It was clear that for Hans to talk about his parents, or his life growing up in Czechoslovakia, was too painful for him Growing up, all Ariana knew about her grandparents was that they Czech.who never made it to Venezuela and had owned a dull gold watch I don’t want to spoil the next 90% of this book.Trust me READ IT.it’s an AMAZING journey.Ariana’s father ‘did’ leave her clues He even left a puzzle for her in his box If that wasn’t symbolic, I don’t know what is! “My father left the world of which he seldom spoke as a riddle for me to unlock, the answers perhaps being the key to his complex and hermetic personality” Once Ariana begins her inquiries, and locating people, attempting to assemble a family tree.I thought of the Russian Nesting doll.( another, another, another clue to discover) Ariana discoversthan she ever expected.I was sooo engrossed in this story I simply did not know what Ariana was going to uncover Fascinating story!!!“Traumatized people often construct defense mechanisms strong enough to deter those closest to them” “Interspersed amid the horrors were wisps of beauty and love”. This is a marvelously well written memoir of Neumann’s father Hans was a Venezuelan industrialist of Czech descent, understandably scarred by his experiences during WWII which he refused to speak of After his death he left his daughter a box of photographs and papers about his life in Berlin during WWII as a Jew hiding under the noses of the Nazis Piecing together her unknown family members’ experiences (and worse) during the holocaust was a courageous, over decades long undertaking and is as generous and bighearted as it is filled with stories of secrets, savagery, and despair Neumann allows us to become acquainted with her family and to know what they suffered as she unearths their lives Put aside your historical fiction for the moment and read instead a polished, factual account of a family nearly obliterated by the holocaust. ****4.5 Stars rounded up****I just work and work so much all the time It's the only way I have of trying to forget how many did not come back, how few of us left behind Hans NeumannThis note was written by the author’s father and discovered after his death (at 80) in 2001 He left Ariana a box containing a trove of documents and photographs that revealed a mysterious past which up until then was hidden from his daughter.With incredible tenacity, Ariana Neumann began the painstaking research to piece together her family’s lost, JewishCzech history and her father’s incredible story of surviving the Holocaust Reconstructing her father’s past led to similar boxes of information contributed by newly discovered living relatives.This is an extraordinary story of endurance and survival as a Jew from Czechoslovakia when the Nazi Party controlled his country, then transformed as a dictatorship Twentynine members of his family were taken to concentration camps Only four returned.I highly recommend this fascinating Holocaust memoira chilling and cautionary historical account of the rise of fascism. I spent my childhood willing a mystery to come my way When it finally did, it took decades to solve.I am in awe of this woman's extraordinary tenacity as she researched the history of her father's early life before and during World War II She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, where her father had resettled after the war He never spoke of his life as a Czech Jew, and what he and his family had to endure in the 1930s and 1940s When Ariana was a girl, she found a mysterious identity card with a picture of her father as a young man, but with a different name When she asked about it, she was shushed and told not to talk about it Her father had chosen to bury his painful past and dwell only in the present When her father died, he left Ariana a box full of letters, documents, photographs, and keepsakes It was sort of like a treasure hunt in reverse She already had the treasures, but she had to do countless hours of research and travel to piece together what all the items meant and recreate her father's life history Her father wanted her to know what he had been through, but not until after he was gone She includes photographs of the items in the box, which I found really helps to bring the story and the people to life In recent years I have just sort of naturally drifted away from reading novels about World War II and started readingnonfiction accounts While I do still enjoy the occasional novel on the subject, I have found the true stories to be farvaried and compelling overall This book is another story of the astonishing courage and ingenuity of so many people who took unimaginable risks to keep themselves and their loved ones alive. Ariana Neumann has written a thoroughly engaging book about her father’s experiences in WWII, firstly as Hans Neumann in Czechoslovakia then when he escaped to Berlin to work as a chemist under the false name Jan Sebesta It was either escape or be deported to the camps She also weaves in lots of other colourful characters in the Neumann family and life in Venezuela where Hans emigrated after the war I thought it was a shame that Hans wasn’t prepared to talk about the war much while he was alive This is understandable and fairly common amongst survivors but Hans led such an interesting life, if only he could have shared his story while he was alive.Ariana gained the occasional glimpse and insight that her father had a difficult time and had experienced grief and loss but Hans pretty much refused to discuss it On his passing he did leave Ariana some valuable documents, photos and letters which she interpreted as his OK to do some digging around and look into his former life during WWII With tenacity and some excellent detective work, Ariana tracked down a lot of Hans’ relatives and descendants who were very generous with their time and whatever possessions they had and the final result is this great tribute to her father The letters he wrote during the German occupation and when he worked in Berlin are so raw and bring that dark time to life so vividly. This was such a poignant moving tale and a daughter's gift in writing to an adored father and his family and friends Ariana Neumann knew her father had secrets He was a quiet introspective man very fascinated with the concept of time However, never did she realize growing up in Venezuela, that her father and his family had lived through the worst of times Being Jewish during the rise of the Nazis was a nightmare and a step into hell on earth Living in Czechoslovakia, and experiencing the first arrest of many of one of their family members for the crime of bathing in a forbidden river, the family comes to realize the very death hold that the Nazis have on the lives of the Jews As time moved on, thirtyfour Neumann family members were taken and twentyfive of them were exterminated by the Nazis A family is decimated, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins gone wiped out, lives lost, hearts broken, and nightmares lived over and over again Ariana's future father, Hans, lived under the constant threat of being arrested However, instead of running away from the Nazi strongholds, he went to Berlin, hid right under the Gestapo's noses, and survived However, the memories were horrible and Hans never could bring himself to reveal to his beloved daughter what had transpired She knew there was something awful, something that caused such grief in her father that he often retreated into the world of clocks, time pieces, and work.He built a highly successful business in Venezuela, and when he died he left Ariana a box filled with memorabilia Ten years later, Ariana embarked upon a journey to learn about her father, his family, and what the contents of that box meant This memoir is a result of that journey Told with elegant prose, Ariana takes the reader on her journey to find and understand her father, learning along the way the meaning of family and the hell that her ancestors experienced This memoir is tragic but comes highly recommended to those who read, understand, and weep with the massacre that occurred all those years ago Thank you to Ariana Neumann, Scribner Publishing, and NetGalley for a copy of this tragic yet inspiring book. 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About the Author: Ariana Neumann

Ariana was born in Caracas, Venezuela She has been researching her family history, tracing people, uncovering untold stories and solving the mysteries of her father's past for over a decade Her memoir When Time Stopped (Scribner, February 2020, Argo CZ, May 2020, Les Escales FR 2020) tells her journey of discovery about her father’s unlikely survival after hiding in plain sight in Berlin during


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