A personal epic of scope and sincerity, And The Month Was May traces the life of Lillian Berliner, from her childhood in Hungary, to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen, to her eventual liberation and resettlement in New York.
Rendering with equal candor the searing cruelty of the camps, and the flourishing of life thereafter, Berliner has produced a memoir that embraces hope even as it looks unflinchingly at horror. Central to the telling is Berliner’s voice, springing from the page to evoke the characters, settings, and inner motivations of her life in stunning detail.
It is a story that affirms the resilience and infinite potential of the human spirit.
Lillian Berliner was born in 1928 in Cluj, Romania. Her homeland was occupied by the Germans in 1944 and she was transported to Auschwitz with her family. She was liberated in Bergen Belsen in 1945 and came to the U.S. two years later as a war bride. Lillian is a widow with two married sons and two grandchildren. She lives in Queens, New York.