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The Boys: The Untold Story of 732 Young Concentration Camp Survivors

Gilbert, Martin

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ISBN 10: 0805044027 / ISBN 13: 9780805044027
Published by Henry Holt & Company, New York, 1997
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25 cm, 511, illus., maps, glossary, footnotes. The Holocaust from a child's point of view: ghettos, concentration camps, slave labor, and death marches, to the liberation when they were flown from Prague and Munich to the United Kingdom. Bookseller Inventory # 56777

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Title: The Boys: The Untold Story of 732 Young ...

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First American Edition. First Printing.

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A group of Jews, male and female, from Poland and Hungary who survived the concentration camps as teenagers and met together in Prague in 1945 recreates their nightmarish experiences and their saving faith in their own voices.


At the end of World War II, Britain offered to take in 1,000 young survivors of the German concentration camps; only 732 could be found. The Boys is the story of those children, mostly Polish and Hungarian Jews who, against all odds, survived the horrors of the camps. The title is slightly misleading, as there were a few girls in the group; however, girls under the age of 16 were murdered in the camps at much higher rates than boys. At the time of their ordeal, most of these children were in their teens, though a few were younger. By the time the war ended and the camps were liberated, many were near death. The youths' survival was certainly due in part to their own determination to live, but it was also a matter of chance--unexpected kindness, serendipitous opportunities, the luck of the draw.

Drawn together by their shared experience, "the boys" remained close after emigration to England, and even though several of them have since moved to America and Canada, they continue to celebrate their friendship with an annual dinner. Author Martin Gilbert has attended these reunions for 20 years. Three years ago he suggested the boys send him their recollections of life in the camps, and from these memories this book takes its shape. Harrowing, horrifying, yet deeply moving, The Boys stands as a testimonial to those who survived the Holocaust as well as those who did not.

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