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 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   
A Unique Perspective Into the Immigrant Experience  

"What an exercise in courage! Dr. Heyman plumbs the depths of her emotional life in order that we gain a better understanding of what it means to be an immigrant as a child, a teen, and as an adult. Peeling back the layers of her experience and that of her family against the backdrop of the horrors of war and the brutality of dictatorships is artfully done in this memoir. Interspersed with valuable data and anecdotes, it's a riveting look into the life of a woman who lives in gratitude and continues to positively impact the lives of everyone she encounters both personally and professionally."

Shelley Simpson    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   
A Memoir for our Times  

"Sylvie Heyman, now in her eighties, is a woman who has been forced to pick up her life and start over and over again. Fleeing the Holocaust with her family as a toddler in Belgium, she moved from Brazil to Argentina and eventually to New York, with each move having to create a new identity, learn new languages and lifestyles, and fit into a new society. How she did this, with remarkable resilience and creativity, is the subject of her memoir. It's a thoughtful, introspective, often humorous, and ultimately moving narrative. And. it's a good read.

Faye Hammel Levey    Travel Writer and Journalist   
Beyond the Holocaust, well worth reading  

"I just finished reading your book and am very impressed on a number of levels but mainly about your incredible life and travels from Brussels through Europe to Brazil and then Argentina escaping Nazis and then finally to the USA. I was impressed too with your incorporation of life lessons from Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow and Toni Morrison on your journey from Who am I to Who I am."

Carol OBrien    Amazon