Determined: a memoir

Determined: a memoir

This paper is on the book \”Determined: a memoir\”

by Martin Baranek


Instructions: Martin’s story highlights the importance of hope and determination that helped him to persevere through the Holocaust. Using your critical thinking skills, select a theme from Martin’s story that you can relate to, and write a 2-3 page reflective essay. Be sure to include examples from Martin’s life and your life, and how you can relate the two. Brainstorm pieces or events that stand out in your mind. Consider why these sections are particularly memorable or significant to you. Note that reflective writing is an exploration and an explanation of events – not just a description or summary of them. Above all – be honest, seek to find your true and deepest feelings about what you are trying to express.  Genuine reflective writing often involves “revealing†anxieties, errors and/or weaknesses, as well as strengths and successes.  This is fine (in fact it’s often essential!), as long as you remember that there is always an opportunity for growth and improvement.


These are all the themes that you can pick from (we\’re supposed to only choose one though):

  • Food insecurity
  • Mindset
  • War
  • Immigrant issues
  • Family
  • Education
  • Trauma
  • Survivor guilt
  • Hope
  • Perseverance
  • Determination
  • Resilience
  • Racism
  • Prejudice
  • Paying it forward
  • Transition
  • Privilege/Access
  • Tradition
  • Migration
  • Discrimination
  • Bravery
  • Support
  • Collaboration
  • Stress management
  • Survival
  • Faith/Religion (being tested or loss of)
  • Relationships
  • Hatred
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hope

For the life experiences you can make them up, i\’m an 18 year old female.


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