“With God’s Little Finger Over Us” – Marginal Notations

“With God’s Little Finger Over Us” – Marginal Notations

Eliz Kakas 

We have to be thankful for gaining insight into a chronologically described era, which authentically mirrors the life of the Papp Family at the time of World War II. 

The experiences of a child unfold in the first section.  There is no false pathos in it; honest emotions and stories come to life on the pages of the book. 

Following a comfortable life, a series of trials accompany the family, the difficulties and overcoming of which greatly contributed to the development of Erika’s and Remy’s character.   

Hungary – Germany – America

Remig’s diary opens up for us the parents’ struggle for daily subsistence, their wonderful togetherness and love.  Not even the horrors of the wartime years could extinguish the faith and hope which were the family’s vital element.

In addition to the many instances of “there isn’t any”, the parents took care to cultivate a desire for culture and made the given difficulties “adventurous” for the children.

Emigrating to the US in 1949 opened a new phase in the lives of Vivy, Remig, Remy and Erika.  With diligent work and study, they soon found a home in the land of unlimited opportunity.

Proudly remaining true to their Hungarian heritage, they successfully melted into American society. 

Every person’s life is a novel ... but you wrote it down!  I thank you.

”With God’s Little Finger Over Us” is available from Erika Faber, P.O. Box 4633, Danbury, CT 06813, for $20 plus $4 postage and handling.

Eliz Kakas is an Editorial Board member of Magyar News Online, and writes from Florida.

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What others have said about 

”With God’s little Finger Over Us”

"I received your book a few hours ago, and I haven't been able to put it down.  I have already reached your father's diary, and figured it was a good time to break for the night.  I've laughed, I've cried, and I just want to hug tightly that little girl from those pages... Your parents were amazing, and I would have liked very much to have known them. How lucky you were to have them." 

        Hillary Barrett-Reed, 
        Owner of Petrichor Farm, New Hartford, CT

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”Poets depend in part on specificity of detail to give their work immediacy, and Erika Faber's memoir likewise benefits from such specificity, in conveying wartime hardship and scarcity – whether a landlady's gift, in cold weather, of 'two terra-cotta jugs filled with hot sand' or the 'chewed ribs' of cabbages destroyed by caterpillars, 'pointing to the sky.'  Her work also provides a much larger perspective on the traumas of modern European history, expressed through the experience of a single loving and resilient refugee family in their migration from Hungary to several cities in Germany during and after World War II, and eventually to the United States. The reader benefits from Faber's decision to juxtapose her own childhood memories, in this volume, with a translated journal kept, during the same period, by her father, providing a truly stereoscopic view.”

        Karl Kirchwey, 
        Professor of English and Creative Writing, 
        Boston University. 
        Author of Stumbling Blocks: Roman Poems
                  and the historical poem MUTABOR  

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"Here is a story of an heroic family who risked their lives to flee Soviet occupation of their beloved Hungary.  The prospect of living as penniless refugees in the failed state of end-of-war-time Germany held out more hope than atheistic socialist tyranny. I was  impressed by the great goodness and self-sacrifice of the author's parents, who persevered against all odds. It is remarkable, too, to read how Erika Faber and her brother later built solid lives in their beloved America. Theirs is the story emblematic of tens of thousands of families who fled the misery of Communist overlords."  

        Priscilla McCaffrey
        Catholic Media Apostolate