Surviving the Holocaust: What the Past Can Teach Us

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Holocaust survivor Yvonne Carson-Cardozo announced the publication of her book, Silence and Secrets, where she reveals her family’s struggles to evade capture by the Nazis during World War II. With haunting memories of hardship and terror, the author breaks decades of self-imposed silence to heal from the wounds of war and remind future generations, “this will happen, nevermore!”

“My heart was broken open as I read Silence and Secrets, an inspirational memoir of a brave woman who persevered through horrific times,” says Mari J. Frank, Esq., author of From Victim to Victor.

Imagine being one of thousands of refugees swarming across borders from country to country to escape extermination, or walking 530 miles in the same clothes with no bathing facilities or food.

Imagine the fear of protecting and keeping a family together while avoiding being discovered or betrayed.

Carson-Cardozo not only survived but lived to serve in the Dutch Indonesian Army where she deciphered and encoded secret military telegrams for the Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service.

Ironically, she married the son of a man who rode on the very same train convoy to Auschwitz as her brother.

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2013 Carson-Cardozo received the Female Veteran of the Year Award from Mission Viejo Mayor Rhonda Reardon. “All Americans are in your debt,” said Mayor Reardon during the ceremony attended by hundreds of local citizens and veterans alike.

“This beautifully told story will inform you, intrigue you, and generate hope that evil can ultimately be defeated,” says Rochelle Dreeben, author of One Dark Night. Carson-Cardozo’s story has been called a testament to the human spirit and the indomitable will to survive at all costs.

Silence and Secrets may be purchased in paperback or digital format. Yvonne Carson-Cardozo is available for speaking engagements or interviews and may be reached at, cardoy(at)cox(dot)net, or (949) 951-6216.

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