Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private WWII is of enormous historical value, chronicling a Pre-War childhood in Europe, a harrowing escape through occupied France and ending with the importance of the impact of the Holocaust on Europe. In light of the epidemic rise in anti semitism and genocides unfolding throughout Africa and the Middle East, this timely book lends itself to the fight for Human Rights, and the prevention of genocide, anti-semitism and xenophobia. This is not only a fascinating memoir but an educational tool which should support Holocaust education globally.
Someday You Will Understand has touched people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world and continues to receive favorable reviews by both scholars and readers. One reader summed it up perfectly: “This fascinating bit of research gave me a fresh look at the conditions which fed the post-war Zionist movement. Reading it immediately after the Charlie Hebdo massacres provided me with first-hand historical context that helps explain the ongoing mistrust by Jews towards their non-Jewish European neighbors. From a more general perspective, the story is a riveting narrative of a young man’s journey through the defining event of the twentieth century.”
This book is in the collections of Holocaust libraries around the world including USHMM in Washington DC, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT),Herzliya, Israel, as well as the Library of Congress, and university libraries everywhere .
Upon publication it was featured in bookstore displays and is currently being considered for translation by publishing houses in France.
“No doubt in my mind that “Someday You Will Understand” should be a must read book for any youngster all over the world in order to have a better understanding of the Jewish and actually the whole civilization history and in order to remember and to see to it that such horrific atrocity as the Holocaust will never happen again.” – Prof. Boaz Ganor, Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter Terrorism, Founder & Executive Director, The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT),The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
“… l’idée d’une version en français de votre livre fait son chemin.…à porter plus loin la remarquable histoire de ton père – un héros et un humanitaire avant la lettre.” – Adama Dieng, Secrétaire Général adjoint,Conseiller Spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour la prévention du génocide
“Votre engagement personnel et l’histoire extraordinaire de votre père sont profondément émouvants. Quelle histoire! Quel courage! Et quelle source d’inspiration! J’espère aussi que votre merveilleux livre pourra être traduit en français.” – Ambassadeur François Delattre, Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations and Head of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
“Both intimate in detail and sweeping in reach, Someday You Will Understand is a moving and often humorous story that Walter Wolff kept to himself until his final days when he gave his daughter the letters and photographs that recorded his odyssey. This is Nina Wolff Feld’s book, but it is her father’s life.” —Alan Riding, Author of And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris
“Nina Wolff Feld reimagines with thrilling verve her father’s life as a fugitive from Nazi Germany who returned to Europe from the United States as a refugee soldier. Besides her giving us an act of filial devotion par excellence, we are grateful to her for so deftly filling in one more blank in the vast nightmare of World War II. She has transformed a cache of letters written by her father to his family into a goldmine of unique historic interest.” —John Guare, playwright, Author of Six Degrees of Separation and A Free Man of Color
“What appears at first glance as a daughter’s tribute to an extraordinary father becomes a testimony to the achievement of a group of immigrants who rightfully stand with America’s ‘greatest generation.’ They came from the countries ruled or occupied by the Nazi hordes and became the staunch defenders of American democracy within months. They donned the uniform of their country of asylum, fought the battles of World War II, and contributed, with gratitude, to the growth of their new country. This book tells this little-told story in a clear style, factually, yet with empathy and love.”—Guy Stern, distinguished professor emeritus, director of the International Institute of the Righteous, Holocaust Memorial Center
“Nina Wolff Feld tells the compelling story of a family’s truly dramatic, last-minute escape through France and Spain from the clutches of the Nazis and of her father’s return as an American GI after 1945 to interrogate suspected perpetrators. Richly illustrated, this book will captivate anyone interested in the European catastrophe of the 1940s.” —V. R. Berghahn, Seth Low Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia University
“A daughter’s compelling account of her father’s wartime journey—a sensitive exploration of a family’s hidden history.” —Anne Nelson, Author of Red Orchestra