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Henry D. Remple was born in 1908 in Ukraine to a German-speaking Mennonite family. During the Russian Revolution, his family fled their village, with hopes of reaching the United States. Their flight brought many hardships and by the time Henry arrived at Ellis Island, most of his family had perished.

 

After Henry was taken in by his new family, he immersed himself in American culture, doing everything he could to erase his past. He never spoke of his childhood, of his near death, or of the family members he left behind. He became valedictorian at his high school graduation, received a full scholarship, earned his PhD, and became a successful psychologist, practicing for forty-five years. He also raised his own family, but spoke very little about his roots.

Sixty years after his immigration, Henry Remple finally began speaking out about his past, revealing a harrowing story of struggle and perseverance. He was encouraged to share his memories not only with family members who have known little about his early life, but with students of all ages.

Drawing on the diary he began when he was 12, Henry turned his story into a fascinating book. By recounting the difficulties he overcame, he hopes to instill hope for all those facing adversity. His triumph over a traumatic childhood serves as a message of hope and resiliency to children and parents throughout his community. Henry D. Remple: Finding Hope in Troubled Times captures this man's incredible story, showing how faith and determination can overcome almost any obstacle.

Henry D. Remple: Finding Hope in Troubled Times (2007)

  • Duration: 34 minutes

    Produced by Take Ten, Inc.

     

    *Discussion Guide available for download. 

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