About the Book

Beyond the Holocaust: An Immigrant’s Search for Identity is Sylvie Heyman’s personal narrative as a refugee, with her family, from Europe during World War II. It chronicles their journey to Brazil, the harrowing experiences as they were smuggled to Argentina, the challenges faced in those dictatorship countries, and the final immigration to the United States of America when the author was a teenager.
In the second part of the book, the author blends her personal experiences with scholarly theories about language, nationality, and identity to better understand the long-term struggles and challenges that immigrants face.

About the Author

Sylvie Heyman published her first book: Make it a HABIT! Creating Health and Happiness for your Body, Mind, and Spirit at the age of 79 in March 2017. The book was an extension of the author’s experiences in the healthcare field and covers a span of 50 years as a Registered Nurse, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and Health Coach. At the beginning of the “habit” book, the author describes her origins and her reasons for pursuing careers in the healing arts. This led to writing her memoirs about her family’s escape during World War II and how her past molded her life.

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National Master Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess

In Episode 116, I have the pleasure of conversing with Sylvie Heyman, the author of “Make it a HABIT” and “Beyond the Holocaust: An Immigrant’s Search for Identity”. She is a survivor of World War II . She started her career as a registered nurse specializing in obstetrics and later on, heading the cardiac operating room at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, as an educator and administrator. Since then she was an acupuncturist and chiropractor and currently is a Certified Health Coach, focusing on five habits Habits of Health: healthy weight, healthy diet, healthy physical activities, healthy sleep, and healthy mindset.

We speak about her 2 books, a preview of her upcoming 3rd book, the differences of surviving the Holocaust and World War II, her experiences in the health world, accountability, benefits of chess, and more.

Imagine having to uproot your life and move to an entirely different place where you aren’t familiar with the language, people, or culture. Now, imagine going through this experience while also dealing with the challenges of being a teenager. This was the reality for Dr. Sylvie Heyman, the author of Beyond the Holocaust: An Immigrant’s Search for Identity.

Allan Rolnick of The Tax Resolution Ninja Show interview Dr. Sylvie Heyman about her book, Beyond the Holocaust: An Immigrant’s Search for Identity. Tune in as Dr. Heyman talks about her family’s journey to the U.S. when she was just 14 years old, the struggles they faced in adapting to life in a new country, the importance of understanding the immigrant experience, and why she felt encouraged to tell her story.

Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Sylvie Heyman to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss her book Beyond the Holocaust: An Immigrant’s Search for Identity.


Ordered Five Copies to Give as Gifts  

"What a compelling, touching and courageous story of the Holocaust’s impact on a woman searching for identity as an immigrant. In Beyond the Holocaust, Sylvie Heyman takes us on an arduous journey with her parents, as they travel from Europe to South America looking for refuge and a place to call home. I was continually drawn in by her fears, confusion, longing and desire for acceptance. Throughout the book, I wanted to hold Sylvie in my arms and comfort her. Not only did she find her way, she thrived. Now she offers solace to other immigrants struggling on their own paths. What a timely and inspiring autobiography. I ordered five copies to share her journey with others."

Teri Scheinzeit    Amazon   
Recommended Book: "Beyond the Holcocaust"  

"The book's cover photograph of the author by Emily Schiffer presages the emotional story of Sylvie Heyman: the eyes' pained expression in a beautiful face whose strong jaw juts forward slightly in defiance. Sylvie Heyman's "Beyond the Holocaust - An Immigrant's Search for Identity" fleshes the story out powerfully. It's a compelling read covering Dr. Heyman's 1940 escape from Europe to Brazil, then Argentina, where she spent a childhood fraught with trauma. Following her arrival with her parents in the USA as a young teenager, the author's search for identity helps forge her 50-year career in the healing and helping professions. This is an honest and mesmerizing account from start to finish, sparing no vulnerabilities, as the author underscores her immigrant experiences with scientific studies. Reviewed by Charlotte Plotsky, a child Holocaust survivor and author."

Norm P.    Amazon   
Book2 Reviews  

"Dear Sylvie, I just finished your book. You did a wonderful job. I did not want to put it down. I can't believe all you went through & how wonderfully you handled it all. You were a very brave child & grew into a remarkable woman. You should be very proud of all your accomplishments. So glad your son encouraged you to write the book..."

Mairead McGetrick    Bellevue School classmate   
A riveting and insightful account of survival and extraordinary courage!  

"A riveting account of the author and her family’s odyssey through Belgium, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina; finally landing in the United States where they were free from Nazi persecution and the threat of extermination.

More than this, Dr. Heyman puts her heart and soul into identifying the unique challenges faced by many immigrants. Her honest and in-depth treatment provides the reader with insight as well as comfort and camaraderie for immigrants who often feel invisible, lonely, and isolated. Her story will inspire those grappling with the transition into a new and unfamiliar environment.

A must-read for anyone interested in the difficulties faced by survivors of war and the challenges of being a stranger in a foreign land. Her candor and generosity of spirit are truly remarkable!"

LH    Amazon   
A Very Readable and Personal Account of a Refugee Running From the Nazi Terror and Anti-Semitism  

"I learned a great deal from reading Sylvia Heyman’s book about what it is like to be a refugee and then an immigrant during the Nazi invasion of Europe; having to run for your life and hide your identity for fear of being discovered, having to adjust to living in several different countries with different languages. Sylvie gives us a very personal account of her life. She reveals events that deeply affected her and her relationships with family and others; and I was particularly impressed with how she worked to over-come her “demons” and create a life where there was joy. I am grateful that she has shared her life with us and I highly recommend that people read her book Beyond the Holocaust, An Immigrant’s Search for Identity."

rrlerner    Amazon