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An Italian Renaissance
An Italian Renaissance

An Italian Renaissance

Choosing Life in Canada


177 Pages, 6.7 x 9.6

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: November 2010

ISBN 9789655240443

Rights: WOR

Urim Publications (Nov 2010)

Price: $24.95


Winner of: 2011 Canadian Jewish Book Award, Holocaust Literature  Recent decades have seen an outpouring of literature about the tragic destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War. Yet virtually nothing has been published about the astounding process of healing and recovery undergone by many survivors of the Holocaust, who had to overcome unspeakable personal trauma to build successful new lives. The present book, written with sensitivity and eloquence by the loving son of two such people, breaks important new ground in describing and shedding light on this remarkable phenomenon. The story follows Bela and Judit Rubinstein as they return from the camps at the end of the War, their families having been murdered by the Nazis. Seeing no future in the land of their birth, they flee Hungary and end up trapped in a refugee camp in northern Italy, because homeless Jews are welcome nowhere in the world. Finally, an unforeseen opportunity arises to immigrate to Canada. The Rubinsteins establish a new home, raise a family, and integrate into the Toronto community. Achieving unimagined material success, they remain warm, decent, unassuming people. Along the way, they reclaim their ravaged ancestral faith, and this imbues their lives with meaning and purpose. The book's universal message of hope is sure to inspire a broad range of readers.


“This book will be an important addition to our contemporary sacred literature, and may well be among the top ten accounts of survivors’ lives after the war. It is a remarkable act of piety and of love – all the more powerful because of its nuances, its honesty, and its feeling for the complexity and the ambiguity of life. I found the book to be consistently touching, quietly inspiring, and too compelling to put down.”  —Rabbi Dr. Irving Greenberg, founding president, Jewish Life Network; former chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

“Eli Rubinstein’s An Italian Renaissance is a triply extraordinary book. As history, it breaks important new ground in telling the story of the Grugliasco refugee camp; the author’s painstaking research, coupled with his insight regarding the camp’s Jewish residents and the Italians in nearby Torino, enable him to provide fresh perspective to scholars and laymen alike."  —Dr. Daniel Polisar, president, Shalem Center

Author Biography

Robert Eli Rubinstein is a businessman and communal leader. He lives in Toronto.