"When you're ready to make the movie, call me! What a compelling memoir and incredible story of survival for this brother and sister. I love this book!"
--- Cybill Shepherd, Actress
"An Uncommon Journey
proves once and for all, that reality is stranger than fiction. We
watch Ilie and Dorit as they escape from Vienna to Shanghai to America
during World War II. This difficult past gives them the strength for
their ultimate journey, the one to find themselves. Written from both of
their perspectives, this book is harrowing drama, part love story, part
adventure. But it is its truthfulness that shines through, as we read -
almost in disbelief - about the lives of this brother and sister. It is
a compelling read."
--- Marvin Hamlisch, Composer
"A brother and sister tale of family survival in Shanghai's Jewish community and their remarkable lives in America. This book reminds us of our strength and vitality and is cause for celebration."
--- Anne Roiphe, Writer/journalist and author of 18 books of fiction and non-fiction.
"An Uncommon Journey is a riveting account of an Austrian Jewish family's roundabout flight to freedom during WWII, a testimonial to the powers of adaptation, ingenuity, and family unity, with a bit of luck thrown in. The memoir's dual authors - who are brother and sister - combine suspense, history, and great story-telling, finding improbable moments of humor in their perilous journey. A fresh, valuable addition to the literature on the period."
--- Erica Abeel, Entertainment journalist and author of the novel Conscience Point
"It is rare to find a memoir written with an immediacy of emotion and observation that recaptures the moment of everything that happened at the time it happened. An Uncommon Journey is a captivating account of survival and triumph, from the pogrom in Vienna to the misery of wartime Shanghai to finding happiness ultimately in America. I consider it one of the great accounts of family and survival. It is both remarkable and beautiful."
--- Peter Sichel, Wine grower for fifty years, is writing his memoirs of 16 years in the OSS and CIA after escaping from the Nazis.
"Thousands of books have been written in many languages of survivors of the Holocaust, one of the greatest tragedies in history. Although there is a shared experience, each is different. An Uncommon Journey is about one family, father, mother, son and daughter who were lucky to have been able to find a place on a ship that brought them to Shanghai on their journey to America. It is about survival against all odds. I could not put it down."
--- Ernest Michel, Survivor of WWII and author of Promises to Keep and Promises Kept