Dramatizes the author's experiences as an eleven-year-old boy in Nazi-occupied Poland and his efforts to survive the death camps
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Dr. William Samelson was born in Poland. At the age of eleven, he was interned in various Nazi ghettoes and slave labor-death camps for six-and-a-half years. Liberated on 1May 1945 by the U.S. Army, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1948. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he taught in various Universities and Colleges throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has written extensively on the Holocaust and lectured widely on a variety of topics relating to it.From Library Journal:
This fictionalized memoir of a young Jewish boy's harrowing experiences surviving the Holocaust in Poland is a testament to the individual's will to survive. Vilek Samelson sees his family disappear one by one. His grandfather, whose faith in God has been of great support to the boy, is shot. His grandmother is burned in the synagogue. His mother and sister are transported to Treblinka, while he and his brother survive forced labor, life with the partisans, and finally a series of concentration camps. Vilek's story is one that must continually be retold. However, the author, himself a survivor of Buchenwald, would have been better served by telling the story of his life as fact , since fictionalizing it trivializes it, and the format lacks the tension of a genuine novel. Purchase where appropriate.
- Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.
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Book Description Clark-Davis Pub Co, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110945938020
Book Description Clark-Davis Pub Co, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0945938020