"If you only have time to read one book about the history of the Holocaust, make it this one."—Television Confidential (2019–01–22)
“This book contains all the lessons, but it’s not depressing in the long run . . . . This is a well-written page-turner for any reader wanting a different perspective on Nazi atrocities. The author effortlessly moves from the general to the particular and back as he puts his mother’s plight in context. There are forty-four pages of references and bibliography. . . . Yes, it is well-documented history, but it’s more than that. . . . It is a compelling one, and every reader who pretends
to understand this dark era in human history should read it.” —BookPleasures.com (2019-01-25)
"The son of a Holocaust survivor rehearses the horrors of his mother's captivity, the improbability of her survival, and the deleterious lingering effects on her—and him. . . . His mother's story is astonishing; her survival, virtually impossible. A welcome excavation of an obscure corner of Holocaust history."—Kirkus (2018-10-02)
“Goldman, a professor at Loyola Law School who founded its Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, deftly mixes his personal experiences growing up the son of a survivor and the events surrounding the crash of Hitler’s 1,000-year Reich.”—Tom Tugend, Jewish Journal (2019-02-14)
“Professor Goldman’s account of this previously untold moment in history is seismic. What a tale! It is not only purposeful but also riveting and enlightening. It’s a must-read, especially at a time when, sadly, there are creeping global similarities to the festering mindset in the run-up to World War II.”—Ashleigh Banfield, host of HLN’s Crime and Justice with Ashleigh Banfield (2018-07-06)
“This is one of the best books on the Holocaust that I have read, or in this case, listened to. Hearing the author's own voice makes the book especially meaningful. His mother Malka's personal story of surviving the horrors of Auschwitz and Ravensbruck through almost miraculous means, is seamlessly interwoven with discussion of individual Nazis' lives, description of the camps, and WW2 politics. Most touching is the effect of his mother's (understandable) over-protectiveness on the author's entire life. I appreciate the tremendous effort on Mr. Goldman's part to share these personal details.”—Bookworm (2019-02-05)
“Professor Goldman’s book is a must read, especially today when the politics of scapegoating and polarization have come back into vogue and have been seemingly accepted by individuals across the political spectrum. . . . Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream should be required reading in every school and university. It should be read by every person aspiring to help the world evolve and grow into a better and more humane place.”—Jay Bildstein, CYInternational (2019-03-10)
"Stanley Goldman, . . . has written a powerful, meticulously researched memoir of his mother's years in the concentration camps and their life together." Dennis McCarthy, Mercury News (2019-02-23).
“A harrowing, haunting memoir and history. I couldn’t put it down.”—Charles Rosenberg, author of The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington (2018-03-02)
“Powerful. It’s riveting.”—Geraldo Rivera (2018-05-02)
“Stanley Goldman has written what may perhaps be the last genre of Holocaust memoirs. The son of a Holocaust survivor, he has pieced together his mother’s story and told it with respect and dispassion.
. . . The result is a powerful work that probes the past and its indelible impact on those who have been directly touched by it. He writes with candor but not with rancor, a feat as remarkable as it is rare.”—Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute and professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University