This week’s review is A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all my books a shot. There are a few ways I find new books to read: Goodreads, my two book clubs, friends’ recommendations, and browsing the internet. My favorite author is Greg Iles, and the books I am most interested in reading are nonfiction books about the Holocaust.
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A Lucky Child
As stated in the opening paragraph, one of my most interested genres of reading is about the Holocaust. It was such a tragic event and I cannot get my hands on enough information about it. I read memoirs, articles, biographies, autobiographies, historical books, and more. With each memoir read, another face is put on the wall of victims and it cements the reality of that time when many either deny its existence or claim it is fictional. Thomas’ story is now on the wall.
About the book
Taken from the Amazon website:
“The profoundly moving memoir of a young boy’s odyssey through the Holocaust.
In a new edition of his bestselling memoir, Thomas Buergenthal tells of his astonishing experiences as a young boy. Buergenthal arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and one work camp. Separated from his mother and then his father, he managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.
Since the initial publication of this book, new documents have been made available, allowing Buergenthal to finally learn the details of his mother’s search for him and the truth about his father. With a new afterword by the author sharing these revelations, A LUCKY CHILD is a classic that demands to be read by all.“
About the Author
Taken from Goodreads:
“Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A Lucky Child.
He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life. Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A Lucky Child is a book that demands to be read by all.”
I gave this book 5 out of five stars.
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