By Yehuda Nir, Cynthia Ozick
This compelling memoir takes readers during the eyes of a kid surviving international conflict II in Nazi-occupied Poland. As a nine-year-old, the writer witnessed his father being herded right into a truck—never to be noticeable back. He, his mom, and sister fled to Warsaw to reside in conceal as Catholics below the noses of the Nazi SS, continually frightened of discovery and persecution. A sobering reminder of the non-public toll of the Holocaust on Jews in the course of global struggle II, this ebook is a harrowing portrait of 1 kid's lack of innocence. This version includes formerly unpublished content material from the unique textual content.
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It tells, as Bruno Bettelheim says, “of 32 Introduction events which, though gruesome, need to be told and retold until their meaning for our times is accepted. — Richard Seaver 33 DECLARATION I, the undersigned Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, physician, former prisoner of the German concentration camps, declare that this work, which relates the darkest days in the history of mankind, was drawn up by me in strict accordance with reality, and without the slightest exaggeration, in my capacity as an eyewitness and involuntary participant in the work of the Auschwitz crematoriums, into whose fires millions of fathers, mothers and children disappeared.
I broke ranks and presented myself. Dr. Mengele questioned me at length, asking me where I had studied, the names of my pathology professors, how I had acquired a knowledge of forensic medicine, how long I had practiced, etc. Apparently my answers were satisfactory, for he immediately separated me from the others and ordered my colleagues to return to their places. For the moment they were spared. Because I must now state a truth of which I then was ignorant, namely, that the left-hand group, and those who went off in cars, passed a few moments later through the doors of the crematorium.
38 Auschwitz The barbed wire enclosure was interrupted every thirty or forty yards by elevated watch towers, in each of which an SS guard stood leaning against a machine gun mounted on a tripod. ” Not a very encouraging sight to say the least, but for the moment our awakened curiosity got the better of our fear. I glanced around the car at my companions. Our group consisted of some twenty-six doctors, six pharmacists, six women, our children, and some elderly people, both men and women, our parents and relatives.