Local author Dana Fast releases Holocaust memoir

Dana and Yvona Fast hold the English and Polish version of Dana’s memoirs.

Dana and Yvona Fast hold the English and Polish version of Dana’s memoirs. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Yvona said that throughout her childhood her mother would not talk about her experiences during the war. Through her mother’s book, Yvona said she can see her mother as a young girl and understand how difficult it must have been for her being unable to have a childhood.

“When you read her book you can see how much she grew up from the time she was 8 years old to when she was 14 years old,“ Yvona said.

Friends in Poland encouraged her to write because her experiences should be written before those who experienced it are gone.

“In a few more years, the people who were there will be gone,” Dana said. “If these things aren’t written now, they will die, too, and this terrible tragedy should never be forgotten.”

The book has been described as containing every emotion — from crying to laughter — from readers of the Polish version of her memoir that was released in 2010 titled, “A Jednak Sa Dobrzy Ludzie,” translated, “There are good people everywhere.” Dana hopes readers will take from her book that she and her brother couldn’t have survived without the help of those who put their lives on the line to help them.

“People can surprise you. Those who helped us could have been punished by death and yet they still did it,” Dana said. “In the worst of times you can find people who are absolutely caring and have the potential to help.”

The world has seen many tragic holocausts since the extermination of approximately 6 million Jewish men, women and children between 1933 to 1945.

“We can’t forget these things,” Dana said. “People think this was the last holocaust, but what about the genocide in Dar Fur or Rwanda? I would like to say never again, but it’s not like that.”

Dana left Poland when she was 31 years old. She traveled many places and eventually settled in the Adirondack Park almost 40 years ago. She said the Adirondacks will be the place she will spend the rest of her days.

Copies of Dana’s book are on sale at the Community Store in Saranac Lake and other local venues. For more information, call 891-3827 or e-mail Yvona at yvonawrite@yahoo.com.

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