Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart

Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart

by Sharon Peters

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Overview

Max Edelman was just 17 when the Nazis took him to the first of five work camps, where his only hope of survival was to keep quiet and raise an emotional shield. After witnessing a German Shepherd kill a fellow prisoner, he developed a lifelong fear of dogs. Beaten into blindness by two bored guards, Max survived, buried the past, and moved on. But when he retired, he needed help. After a month of training, he received Calvin, a devoted chocolate Labrador retriever. Calvin guided Max safely through life, but he sensed Max’s distance and reserve. Calvin grew listless and lost weight. Trainers intervened—but to no avail. A few days before Calvin’s inevitable reassignment, Max went for a walk. A car cut into the crosswalk, and Calvin leapt forward, saving Max’s life. Max’s emotional shield dissolved. Calvin sensed the change and immediately improved, guiding Max to greater openness, trust, and engagement with the world. Here is the remarkable, touching story of a man who survived history and the dog that unlocked his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762782307
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 613,073
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sharon Peters is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor, or consultant for several newspapers and launched the popular weekly "Pet Talk" column in USA Today. She turned her attention to writing about animals after volunteering in Mississippi for several weeks after Hurricane Katrina. She lives in Colorado.

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Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor's Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many fine reasons to pick up this book. You will first be drawn in by a riveting true tale of a teenage boy whose dreams are smashed by the Holocaust. The writing is so rich in detail and history that you feel you're with Max Edelman throughout his austere early years as you follow him into the hell of the concentration camps. You will marvel at how he suffered and persevered to come out alive when so many others did not. On an entirely different level, perhaps you'll stumble across this book as a lifelong lover of dogs, as I am. You will be warmed to learn how a service Lab came to give life back to a crotchety older man, blinded by brutal Nazi guards, terrified of dogs, and a most uncertain candidate to bring any dog into his home. The two stories do not collide, but permeate each other as if this is what destiny intended all along ... as if young Max Edelman's story could only have followed this road. A beautiful and enriching read by Colorado Springs-based author Sharon Peters, highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brought tears to my eyes. My neighbor is also a Holocaust survivor and wrote a book. He says it was very healing for him. Such a sad time in world history. But this too, can be overcome.
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