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 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   
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   
Book2 Reviews  

"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   
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   
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