When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied 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 thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five 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.

When Time Stopped is a detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life. In uncovering her father’s story after all these years, she discovers nuance and depth to her own history and liberates poignant and thought-provoking truths about the threads of humanity that connect us all.

Title:When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
ISBN:9781982106379
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  • Angela M

    Today, January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the day 75 years ago when Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. I say this every time I read a book on the Holocaust - it is imperat...

  • Beata

    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 Morav...

  • Karen

    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 ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    “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...

  • Tammy

    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 o...

  • Carol

    ****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 w...

  • Jeanette (Again)

    "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 ...

  • Paul Lockman

    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 ...

  • Marialyce

    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 ...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    Speaking of books that make me say wow, When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann is an amazing look into the life of her family during World War II. I laughed,...