by Dana Fast with Yvona Fast
Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation of Canada (Montreal) 2011
This is the story of Dana Fast’s survival of the Holocaust in Poland, 1939 – 1945. The story begins with her playing underneath Grandpa’s huge tailoring table at the age of three. When she was nine, the war broke out as the bombing of Poland began. Soon, her home was surrounded by the large wall of the Warsaw ghetto, and became a crowded prison. The story continues as she and her family escaped the horrors of the ghetto and found refuge in a string of hiding places on the Aryan side.
It was only when the war began that Danna found out she was Jewish. In her home, there had been no Jewish customs or rituals. They spoke Polish, not Yiddish. But when Hitler came to Poland, all that changed… and she was punished for something she didn’t really understand. She felt she had been imprisoned without having done anything wrong. Her reaction was that of a child being punished unjustly: “Why am I being punished for something I didn’t do?” she asked. “I didn’t choose to be a Jew.”
To read reviews or listen to an NPR interview with Dana Fast:
“Nightmares” of Holocaust shape new Adirondack memoir – NPR interview with the author
“My Nine Lives” a Thriller by John Petrilli in The Good News Paper http://www.goodnewspaper.org/2012/11/21/my-nine-lives-a-thriller/
Fast pens memoir, My Nine Lives http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/529294.html
Surviving the Holocaust: One Adirondacker’s Story, http://www.adirondacklifemag.com/blogs/2012/04/09/surviving-the-holocaust/
Lilka. This short film, directed and Edited by Ryan Farmer, is a fictional account inspired by Dana’s memoir. Two Polish Jews flee Warsaw to the Grandfather’s farm with hopes that their family members will protect them from the looming threat of the Nazis.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVAiz-TvTyg and http://imeo.com/41519875
Winner of Best Picture in the SUNY Oswego 36 Hour Mixed Emotions Film Festival.
Winner of Best Editing in the SUNY Oswego 36 Hour Mixed Emotions Film Festival.
Winner of Best Cinematography in the SUNY Oswego 36 Hour Mixed Emotions Film Festival.