A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

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.


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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.

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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.”

 

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My Thoughts

This memoir is unlike most memoirs of the Holocaust. Thomas’ memories are retold just as he states in the preface – as he remembers them. His story is not just about the horrific events he experienced, but more about his journey and the people he met along the way. Each person he met had a profound impact on him in some way, and the effects of those encounters are shown later in his life.
I read this book within a few days because it was hard to put down. Thomas’ story and his circumstances are unique. What he did with those experiences after the end of the war and every day since is inspiring.

Conclusion

I gave this book 5 out of five stars.

 

 

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