In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps, including Rzeszow, Plaszow, Flossenburg, Colmar, Sachsenhausen, Braunschweig, Ravensbrck, and Wobbelin.
Cattle cars filled with skeletal men emptied into a train yard in Colmar, France. George and the other prisoners marched under the whips and fists of SS guards. But here, unlike the taunts and rocks from villagers in Poland and Germany, there was applause. "I could clearly hear the people calling: 'Shame! Shame!'... Suddenly, I realized that the people of Colmar were applauding us! They were condemning the inhumanity of the Germans!" Of the 500 prisoners of the Nazis who marched through the streets of Colmar in the spring of 1944, just 50 were alive one year later when the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division liberated the Wobbelin concentration camp on the afternoon of May 2, 1945. "I felt something stir deep within my soul. It was my true self, the one who had stayed deep within and had not forgotten how to love and how to cry, the one who had chosen life and was still standing when the last roll call ended."
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Personal account of suffering Jewish boy.
Eating human stew.
He seemed to capture the youth of George.
It seemed bad news followed bad throughout till the end when he was rescued.
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I've read and interviewed many witnesses to the Holocaust about that time in their lives, and there is always another story that defies belief, both in humanity, and survival.
This is one of those stories, a very poetic one, too.
I just didn't stop listening, moist-eyed, until the end, when we learn how he finally shared his experiences with his children, after shielding them for most of their lives.
I was also one of those children whose parent had a terrible historical secret. It moves me so much when parents come around and open up.
He couldn't have written this book if it hadn't been for that reconciliation, and it's a gift to all of us.
Talk about "Never Again."
Such a heartbreaking story, but also a story of survival. I think we can learn a lot from these stories.
I can't pinpoint just one. His choices were sort of a domino effect. You get to points in the book where you say to yourself, "wow, had he made one different decision he would not have survived". Its powerful.
He made me feel as though he was the author telling the story.
I cried in a few places in the book.
A must read, especially if you enjoy memoirs!!
I might consider a book by George Lucius Salton, but I would definitely not buy a book narrated by Ken Kliban.
Obviously, the content of the Holocaust is compelling in and of itself. As a teacher, I've read several paper-copy books on this subject and have even heard Henry Golde (Holocaust survivor) speak in-person. That said, the story is coming off more like a series of sentences, rather than a memoir. In the author's defense, I'm not sure it's because of the narration or something else, since I'm obviously listening, rather than reading.
Ken sounds like a very nice man, but a man with little emotion; this book has all the passion of a nightly newscast. I'm on Chapter 6 and am just hoping that someone else will be narrating, too. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'll finish it. I've listened to to other books this month and found them to be much better; the narrators changed their voices to sound younger when reading parts of younger characters. Ken's reading, while sincere, lacks inflection/tone to match the content, in my opinion.
The book isn't sparking anything beyond general interest, at this point.
I would like to hear a boy's voice (or an effort to sound younger, at least) for the parts of the author's childhood.
I found this book tremendously moving. The performance was a little difficult to get used to at first, but it grows on you. As another reviewer said, it is hard to remember that the narrator ia not actually the young boy. This book is raw, and full of emotion . If you are a fan of this type of history , then you will love this one
Absolutely. I am a huge WW2 Memoir fan and I'd have to say aside from Auschwitz... This one got to me. I've devoured
The elephant company
In the garden of beasts
Band of brothers
Helmet for my pillow
With the old breed
The great escape
This is my most recent read and defiantly one that will stick with me.
The end, I just can't get over the fact that he never found his brother. His complete conquest of the American dream and of his past was a tear jerking part for me.
There really weren't any character voices in this novel.
I thought they'd killed all the Jews.
I have read a number of books relating to the holocaust. This one is really good. The things this man had endured at such a young age is enough to make your eyes water.
The narrator does a great job and I would definitely listen to him narrate again.
this story is just heartbreaking. We need to remember how cruel people can be and guard not to do this again. When one hears fanatics ranting their hate remember that is how NAZI Germany starting with the ravings of a mad man and the people following blindly behind him. Beware of who you believe and follow.
YES AND NO, it is very sad, and the Germans and Poles on the whole were quite terrible people during this story.
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Listen to it on long journeys. Have not finished but I am totally gripped.
The way the story is told I love, there does not need to be any fake tv drama, the events being so terrible and so real did not need the adjectives so many other books require.
The actions of those around speak for themselves. I only down side so far is that it is so sad and pretty miserable.
"'There never was a synagogue in this town'"
Well I think it very wrong to give an honest account anything less than top marks. The author can't help his honesty in such things as a true story no matter how harrowing it might be and this account which is one of many is indeed harrowing in the extreme. Charged with emotion and it does go on a bit about the loss of relatives in a way cynics might think of as obsessive but it's the facts and I'll not judge the man any less of a man for displaying them. It msut have cut deeply when, at the beginning of this book somebody told a surviving Jew that there had never been a synagogue in his home town. Then the camps themselves and the treatment of Jews which is well documented but not always with such clarity of detail. The naration is fine though the sanator's voice might have been clearer but the book itself might, in the eyes of some, be considered as just another account of terrible events. It does though shed some light on why so many people accepted their fate and did nothing to challenge it which some people in introductions to other books tend, in their glib homes and ways, overlook since they cannot know such despair and have, in my view, no right to judge how things really were. Overall a good book worth reading which, if you're of a sensitive nature will make you weep. Not me though but then I'm not of a sensitive nature.
"A truly moving and shocking history"
This is one not to miss, and is in my opinion an important document in its own right.
I was moved to tears, angered, and stunned.
You will not regret absorbing this book,it made me seek perspective on how we now live, and take so much for granted in our lives.
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