The Human Shape of the Holy Land Library


Golda Sandman is a survivor of the Jewish holocaust. At the beginning of World War II she was a girl age eighteen. After the occupation by the Germans she was sent from the ghetto to a work camp in the city. Later she was sent to Auschwitz Birkenau and from there to Bergen-Belzen. She spent totally six years in concentration camps. Golda's Stories has a plot that sounds unbelievable. She decided not to surrender to evil and survived under the harshest terms. She dealt with illegal commerce and smuggling, endangered her life many times to save people, and acted intuitively opposite death many times. Her physical and mental sufferings were unprecedented, yet she survived the death camps healthy.

The book defines new borders of humanity, femininity and heroism, which reach in it heights that were considered inconceivable up to here.

Among her desperate surviving acts were: Escaping an execution, escaping from a deadly surgery by the notorious Mengele and escaping from the door of a gas chamber.

Avinoam, The son of Golda and the creator of 'The Human Shape of the Holy Land', recorded her memoirs and over the years tried strenuously to reach a perspective which will enable him to edit and publish them.


H.G. Wells was one of the 20th Century's most visionary personalities. As a writer he had no equal. Known today mostly for his "scientific romances" like The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The First Men in the Moon, during his own time he was recognized as one of the world's most distinguished men of letters and devoted advocate for social reform


Gaston Bachelard was born 1884 at Bar-sur-Aube, Champaigne, where his parents owned a small paper and tobacconist shop. He received his secondary education in Bar-sur-Aube, and served in the First World War (including 38 months in the trenches and the award of Le Croix de Guerre). Essentially he was an outsider to the academy, for he had taught himself chemistry whilst working as a postman, before teaching in secondary colleges at Bar-sur-Aube. Studying slowly he was awarded his doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1927. It is clear that the achievements in particle physics had both excited and influenced him. He was to say: one decade in our epoch is equal to centuries in earlier epochs (quoted in Lecourt, 1975, p.33). Having turned to philosophy of science, he was to teach for 10 years in the Faculté des Lettres de Dijon before becoming a Professor at the Sorbonne in 1940. In May 1960 he was made an Officier de la Legion dHonneur and, dying on 1962, he was to be interred at his Bar-sur-Aube on 19 October


John Lock greatest philosophical contribution is his Essay, and we have his own account of the origin of that work. In the winter of 1670, five or six friends were conversing in his room, probably in London. The topic was the "principles of morality and revealed religion," but difficulties arose and no progress was made. Then, he goes on to say, "it came into my thoughts that we took a wrong course, and that before we set ourselves upon inquiries of that nature, it was necessary to examine our own abilities, and see what objects our understandings were, or were not, fitted to deal with." At the request of his friends, Locke agreed to set down his thoughts on this question at their next meeting, and he expected that a single sheet of paper would suffice for the purpose. Little did he realize the magnitude of the issue which he raised, and that it would occupy his leisure for nearly twenty years.


Mark Twain (1835-1910), pseudonym for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, is considered one of the greatest American writers. He's famous for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1885), "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876), and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (1889), along with stories, essays, articles, and more. Of particular interst for this library is his book "The Innocents Abroad", which describes a journey of Americans to the Mediterannean Sea and the Middle East. The chapters of the visit to the Holy Land describe the desolate situation of the place in 1867. These chapters are brought here.


Wallace D. Wattles His book -THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH, 1910, is considered the pattern of all modern motivation books. It is for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money and wish to get rich by creating and not by competing. The website contains a full audio recording.




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