Joanne D. Gilbert

Author | Educator | Speaker

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A Victory for Miriam!

The Little Jewish Girl Who Defied the Nazis

Told in flashback from the night of her triumphant 8th grade graduation in Brooklyn, New York, Child Holocaust Survivor Miriam’s life can be seen as a series of  victories in brutal contests with forces seemingly far beyond her capacity to survive. Constantly hungry and on the run from deadly enemies, her brief childhood abruptly ended on the night that Warsaw was relentlessly bombed by the German Blitzkrieg. As a child-partisan living in the forest, Miriam took on dangerous, adult, wartime responsibilities – and was never vanquished by any of them.



An absolutely wonderful book! 

“As a teacher, a mother, and a student of Holocaust History, I love the readability and honesty of this book. I highly recommend it for teachers, parents and grandparents, and students, from 6th to 12th grade—and beyond.” — Sara Melvin, Certified Holocaust Educator, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada 

A vivid and compelling account! 

“Engages readers of all ages as it reveals the true story of the underground resistance and how it included Jews of all ages… meticulously researched… immerses the reader in Miriam’s life of constant turmoil, defiance, adaptation, and survival…”  — Laura Engel Sahr, MA Retired, New York State Education Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

A Victory for Miriam! resonates with a rare and honest view of Jews who fought the Nazis—and survived! 

“Shows how children were as deeply affected by the war as were adults. Miriam’s sharing of her story is a gift to all of us.”  —Berna Heyman, MLS, Author, Associate Dean of University Libraries College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 

Miriam’s Holocaust “victory,” and her many subsequent victories, sweep the reader into a lifelong journey that truly inspires. 

A Victory for Miriam!  engages the reader by effectively conveying vivid memories of war from the clear-eyed perspective of a child… It provides a model for overcoming tragedy…”   —Regina Lederman, Ph.D Professor Emeritus, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX