Israel Meir Lau, one of the youngest survivors of Buchenwald, was just eight years old when the camp was liberated in 1945. Descended from a 1,000-year unbroken chain of rabbis, he grew up to become Chief Rabbi of Israel - and like many of the great rabbis, Lau is a master storyteller. Out of the Depths is his harrowing, miraculous, and inspiring account of life in one of the Nazis' deadliest concentration camps, and how he managed to survive against all possible odds.
Lau, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, also chronicles his life after the war, including his emigration to Mandate Palestine during a period that coincides with the development of the State of Israel. The story continues up through today, with that once-lost boy of eight now a brilliant, charismatic, and world-revered figure who has visited with Popes John Paul and Benedict, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and countless global leaders, including Ronald Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Tony Blair.
©2011 Rabbi Israel Meir Lau (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
"This is a book on Judaism, its glory and ordeals, depicting a period that could possibly be judged to represent the hardest, bitterest, and darkest in the annals of the Jewish people. This is a book that portrays the persona of the writer alongside the traits of his Jewish people. This is a book whose every word has been inscribed in blood." (Shimon Peres)
This was one of the best audiobooks I have listened to
very interesting insights into the State of israel and the Holocaust
Rarely have I been as moved by a memoir. Hard to imagine a seven year old surviving the Buchenwald concentration camp, yet Rabbi Lau did. We hear how he lost family members one by one, yet was saved by his mother, who shoved him out of the line of doomed women and children, at the last minute. How could she have known their shared fate? How did she have the courage to do this? And once in the camp, this child is saved by a series of what can't be considered anything but miracles, time and time again. That and the efforts of many kind adults who wanted more than anything to see this child survive. Rabbi Lau's story after liberation, including the birth of the modern state of Israel, is no less riveting. A brilliant recounting of a Jewish child's trajectory in the twentieth century. The introduction alone is quite profound. Sets the tone for the rest.
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