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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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.


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   
Valuable lessons, emotional, engaging, unique.  

"From the moment I started to read your book I was drawn into your complex, deeply personal and meaningful story and almost read it all the way through in one setting. The lessons in this book are so many and the story behind your search for identity is so immeasurable valuable on many levels. For someone born in another generation and blessed to be living in my own free country for my entire life, this book really helps sensitized me to the many complex issues, invisible personal issues that come with immigration, and dislocation. One can really get drawn into this book as it is written in a very descriptive and personal style that shows the reader the emotional struggle, search for strength and inner life of being a refugee. Many times I felt the emotions and pain that the author so honestly conveyed. This is a book I will remember and could really help others learn about the lessons of perseverance within adversity, the importance of identity and place, and the challenges of immigration. I feel this is a book that needs to be read and I so happy you put your story to the pen."

A. J.    Amazon   
A riveting tale of family refugees from Hitler's destruction  

"The memoir is a detailed tale of a family in exile.
The ever-present feelings of strangeness as a refugee is universal. And Dr.Heyman's research as well as her detailed picture of life on the run and in endless journeys is mesmerizing."

Janet de Winter    Amazon   
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"I congratulate you for your courage to reveal so much of your private feelings in public. I am glad you did. My grandmother came to this country when she was 19 years old. We were very close. My in-laws were also immigrant teenagers. Your book gave me some insight and empathy about what they experienced. I was especially interested in your comments re the mysterious dynamics of language. Thoughts about the psychological nuances of language have been a fascination to me. Good luck to you. "

Betty Schweitzer    Bellevue Nursing School classmate   
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"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