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Gatehouse to Hell

Felix Opatowski

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ISBN 10: 1897470266 / ISBN 13: 9781897470268
Published by Azrieli Foundation, 2012
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Part of the Azrieli series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs. Interior is clean and unmarked; cover is clean and bright; spine is solid. Inscribed by the author on the half title page. 'Independent Publisher Book Award' sticker on cover. Bookseller Inventory # 000580

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Title: Gatehouse to Hell

Publisher: Azrieli Foundation

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Felix Opatowski is only fifteen years old when he takes on the perilous job of smuggling goods out of the Lodz ghetto in exchange for food for his starving family. It is a skill that will serve him well as he tries to stay alive in Nazi-occupied Poland. With dogged determination, Felix endures months of harrowing conditions in the ghetto and slave labour camps until he is deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in the spring of 1943. Recognized for his nerve and daring spirit, he is soon recruited as a runner for the Polish Underground inside the camp and is implicated in the infamous plot to blow up the camp crematoria - something for which he pays dearly.

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Born in Lodz, Poland on June 15, 1924, Felix Opatowski came from a small, close-knit family of four. He was liberated in Austria by the US army on May 9, 1945 and worked at an American army base in Gmunden, where he also met and married his wife, Regina Gnat, in 1949. Felix and Regina arrived in Toronto in 1950, where they have lived ever since. They have four children and five grandchildren.

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