Sylvia Ruth Gutmann
Author, Speaker,
Holocaust Survivor

Now Available for Order: A Life Rebuilt

"This is an achingly beautiful account... An insightful effort to bring some clarity to an incomprehensible wartime catastrophe. "

–-Kirkus Review


“At a time when children are once again being forcibly removed from their parents, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann’s memoir A Life Rebuilt is mandatory reading, charting the lifelong consequences of such wrenching trauma, how it affects a person’s life in unexpected, painful, dramatic ways....and how, with determination, self-compassion, and the hardest work, one can move past it to a place of acceptance. A moving, jaw-dropping, crucial book.”
~ Jenna Blum,
New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family.


“Sylvia’s story is one of loss, survival, resilience, transcendence and, ultimately inspiration. Today more than ever, it is vitally important that stories like hers be told.”

—Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of Motherless Daughters


"**** Emotionally satisfying without becoming sentimental, A Life Rebuilt is a memoir that works to come to terms with a complicated past."

— Clarion Review


"In this heartfelt memoir, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann confronts her losses as a hidden child of the Holocaust... Rather than offering an in-depth account of the Holocaust, Gutmann’s memoir focuses more on how one recovers from personal trauma. Her story is easy to read and highly relatable for anyone who suffered terrible shock when young."

— BlueInk Review


"This is one of the most heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting Holocaust narratives... Sylvia’s story is a highly complex story that is simply told in an open, friendly manner. It is a story of self-discovery and self-making. It is a story about victory after failures, humiliations, and destructive patterns of behavior. It is honest to its core." 

–- Phillip K. Jason, L’Chayim (Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties) and The Jewish News (Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee)  


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Amazon.com: A Life Rebuilt. Click here to order.

A Life Rebuilt, Book Trailer

My memoir, A Life Rebuilt, was released on July 7, 2018, thanks to Paul Cohen and Colin Rolfe at Epigraph Publishing. You can follow me on Facebook to get up-to-date information.These videos were produced with the loving work of Alexandra Liss (videography), and Gregg Marks and Cornelia Partmann (camera).

A Life Rebuilt: The Story of Lisl Hanau

One of the many unbelievable stories that have taken place in my life is how I reunited with Lisl Hanau, the 18-year-old French nurse who saved my sisters Rita and Susi and me from being deported to Auschwitz in 1942. With invaluable help from film maker Cornelia Partmann in Berlin, I located Lisl in Jerusalem in 2007 and visited her. The woman who saved me.