Magda Herzberger


See below for what people have said about Magda Herzberger's books and lectures:

"Magda Herzberger is an extraordinary woman whose eloquent testimony in her book "Survival" to her ordeal as a victim and witness to the holocaust has captured the hearts and minds of so many. I truly believe that what she is accomplishing today through her writing and speaking will allow people for generations to come to understand the nature of the cruelty that she and so many others endured, as well as the critical need for forgiveness, faith, and hope in our lives."

--James P. Moore Jr., Professor at Georgetown University
and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce
and author of "One Nation Under God. The History of Prayer in America"

"With her most recent book, "Midnight Musings" being the twelfth contribution from this prolific author, Magda Herzberger again impresses upon us not only the horrors she experienced as a survivor of the Holocaust that occurred seventy years ago, but more importantly the life lessons of hope, love, faith and trust in God by which she has tried to live these many years.

Her purpose in writing is to continually keep us aware of how inhumane human beings can be when allowing free flow to their basest inclinations while simultaneously reminding us all that a Divine Being knows and loves us and is willing to forgive when we are truly sorry for straying away. In continuing to write, Magda also pays tribute to the memory of her loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. In "Midnight Musings" the reader catches a glimpse of the inner spiritual longings of a soul who has experienced the gamut of human emotions while at the same time teaching the all important lesson of how to handle them.

Magda is also an accomplished musician. Her love for music finds expression in all that she does. As Magda personally explains in her book "Midnight Musings",  poetry is music of the written word. Whimsical illustrations interspersed throughout the book are created by Magda's daughter, Monica, giving atmosphere to the musical message. The book ends with a personal composition by Magda.

This book of poems is a gift to society in that it can be picked up at any moment with any part to inspire us with its message. Magda's music expressed in poetry again reminds us of the power within us to overcome adversity no matter what shape or time in which it happens to come into our daily lives."

--Evelyn H. Vondran - September 16, 2013

"The tears I left on pages 342 and 352 are not yet dry as I reflect upon the bold words of the back cover. "Write, Jewish Children!". Your parents are not only remembered, but honored each time someone has the privelege of reading your "Survival".

I was given your book by a mutual friend of ours, Brad Fregger. He gave me your book to read as an example of the best storytelling skill he's seen... and now I know why. The story he is encouraging me to write pales in comparison to any value I might have compared to your incredible journey.

I am far too overwhelmed with all sorts of emotions at the moment to adequately share with you my thoughts and the lessons I gained by being allowed to walk by your side through your captivity. Perhaps after I have had time to reflect I may find the words of gratitude you deserve.

Until that time, thank you for the spiritual renewal you gave to me through your gift of the pen. You are amazing!

--Lynda G. Cleveland, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin

"I gave your book to be read by a borrower who is also a Holocaust survivor. This person has read all the Holocaust survivor books in the Library. Today she came in to tell me how much your story affected her. Her experiences are nearly identical to yours except that she came from the Lodz Ghetto and had typhus at liberation. She was overcome with emotion as she spoke to me. She said you were very accurate with your descriptions of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. In her opinion it is one of the best books she has read on the Holocaust. She moved me to tears as she spoke about some of her experiences. Although I have known her for a number of years this was the first time she spoke to me about them. She was very grateful that I had asked her to read this book."

-- Leonie Fleiszig Director of the Makor Jewish Community Library in Caulfield [Melbourne], Australia

"Thank you very much for the copy of your book "Survival" which I received recently. I began to look through it when it arrived, thinking that I would read it in depth at a later time, but I found myself unable to put it down. It is extremely courageous of you to record your experiences of one of history's darkest periods, and I am sure that anyone who reads your book will not fail to be moved."

-- Melinda Aderson, Research Assistant, Holocaust Exhibition and Crimes Against Humanity, Imperial War Museum, London, UK

"I just completed reading your book Survival and was totally amazed with your strength, courage, tanacity, endurance and life. It was obvious to me that God was with you and I want to thank you for showing me His miracles during this terrible time in your life."

-- Irene Wells, RN, Ret.

"God bless you. I just finished reading Survival. Thank you for having the incredible strength to survive and keeping the truth about this horrible time in history alive. Thank your for doing your part to keep it alive with your writings and lectures. This recent book is so well written, important and informative. Thank you. You are amazing."

-- Daniel Rubin

"Your book Survival has helped me significantly and I thank you so much for sharing such a painful part of your life in that way. Your philosophy of life: 'have faith, hope and love in your heart - believe in impossible dreams and make them come true - cherish each moment of life - never take anything for granted' is truly profound. It has deeply affected me."

-- Renata Gelb

"I have been so blessed to read your stories and constantly reminded myself during the excruciating details of the mercy of God that brought you... through to be a witness... of the brutality of misguided men/women. You were also a witness... of the truth that God never leaves us or forsakes us. It is not always easy to read another's account of torture and brutality, but I feel it is important to keep the stories going because the history of this injustice must not be repeated and it was a real event that man will one day answer for with his Maker. Life is not "fair" but god does restore what the evil one meant for evil in our lives and I see that He has in your life, too. Thank you for writing and I know it took so much courage to do so. God bless you always..."

-- Barb Munneke

"... your story was the most moving, touching, most powerful thing I have ever read. I've learned about the holocaust throughout my school years, but had no idea just how brutal it was until I read your story. All the pain and suffering you went through makes my every day life look so simple! I am grateful you wrote your story to tell and show the world what the holocaust was really like. You are so inspiring to me because you were so brave. You said no to suicide, unlike many of your fellow prisoners. You also were so brave to relive your terrifying journey just to tell the world your story! I wept every night when I read your story... I felt so lucky to be alive and have all that I do have. thanks again for being so courageous. You are a wonderful person and my role model!"

-- Amanda

"I just read your book Survival. You did a stellar job fighting for your life and keeping your relationship with God strong. I am sorry to hear about all the pain you have endured in your life, but it teaches me so much about love of life and forgiveness. I always have a hard time with that one! ...know that you have touched a life!"

-- Kathiann Fisher

"Meeting you Magda was the biggest honor that I have experienced in my life... I think it is absolutely wonderful that you take the time to educate our young minds, and keep the Holocaust memories alive. If you (we as a society, nation, world) don't who will? I also want to tell you, Magda, you inspire me. I now have one more person to add to my list of heroes. One more person I can look up to when I'm in need of hope. A person who withstood the trials and tribulations of a torn homeland, a blind nation, a sadistic regime bent on genocide... I thank you from the bottom of my heart; Magda you will never know how much you mean to me... Even though you and I have only met once it was the one time which left me empowered... Thank you for such a wonderful experience..."

-- James Johnson