Raking Light from Ashes

March 23, 2017



Find light in the darkest hour

Lala, a young Jewish girl, loses her entire family during the dark days of the Holocaust in the Warsaw Ghetto. Thanks to the kindness of a Polish family, Lala manages to survive the war, taking on an assumed identity. By a twist of good fortune and unbelievable coincidence, she is found after the war and eventually immigrates to Israel in 1950 to live with her Israeli relatives.

A child’s struggle to comprehend a world gone mad

Relli Robinson’s true story of survival offers a fascinating panoramic human drama that extends from the dark days of the Second World War to the independent State of Israel. A gripping and inspiringly optimistic narrative based on real life experiences, you’ll enjoy every page of this fascinating journey of hope.


5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Fascinating Read! By Piaras March 22, 2017

Each Holocaust survivor has a unique and individual story. However, these survivors’ stories didn’t end in 1945. They continue through to the present day. Their testimonies provide us with an understanding of how the events of the Holocaust have shaped their lives and are an ongoing testimony to the strength of the human spirit.

This book is a compelling true story about Lala, a young Jewish girl who loses her whole family amid the dim days of the Holocaust in the Warsaw Ghetto. Because of the compassion of a Polish family, Lala miraculously survives the war by taking on an assumed identity. By a twist of fate and astonishing coincidence, she is later found after the war and eventually immigrates to Israel in 1950 to live with her remaining relatives.

Relli Robinson’s actual story of survival offers an interesting all encompassing human dramatization that stretches out from the dim days of the Second World War to the autonomous State of Israel. A holding and inspiringly idealistic account based on her own personal experiences, you’ll appreciate each page of this entrancing voyage of hope and inspiration. This really is a remarkable story.




Relli Robinson was born in 1939 in Warsaw. Living under an assumed identity with her Polish rescuers, she was the only member of her family to survive the Warsaw Ghetto. She immigrated to Israel in 1950, where she lives today, in the city of Haifa. She is the mother of two and a grandmother of six.
Robinson studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and in Los Angeles, California at UCLA. For over thirty years, she held senior academic administration positions at the University of Haifa in Israel, the last of which was administrative head of the Welfare and Health Sciences Faculty.
Her first novel, Raking Light from Ashes was published in 2011 and printed in three editions. It was awarded a translation into English grant by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and has been covered extensively in Israeli media. From the time of its publication, Relli Robinson has been touring the country non-stop, giving talks and running seminars about the book at universities, colleges, high schools, and cultural centers across the country.

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  • Daisy March 25, 2017 at 4:39 am

    This was a powerful read. Thanks for writing a great review of this book.

  • Susan March 25, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I have read many books about this horrible time in history and my heart breaks each time I read someone else’s experiences. The author writes in a way that makes you feel that you are right there with her and feeling every emotion that she is feeling. How she was able to go through all that she did and still have a strong will to make the best of life, just astonishes me. She lost her family and I can’t even begin to imagine what that would be like. She is definitely an inspiration to me and I thank her for writing this book so that the horrors of the holocaust will never be forgotten.

  • Emerald Book Reviews March 25, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Thanks Susan. The author, Relli Robinson, and others like her are an inspiration to us all.

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