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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159056149X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590561492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,334,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For some, memories of the Holocaust are focused on their or their family's suffering. For some, those memories become a commitment to the Jewish people. And for some, they become a teaching toward the broadest circle peacemaking and honoring of all the others in our lives and in the world. In this book, Myriam Miedzian tells the moving story of how her father survived three twentieth century wars. We also learn how his harrowing experiences, the loss of her extended family in the Holocaust, and her own childhood broken by war have become conjoined for her with the pain of the world, and how her broken heart has become an open heart. --Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director, The Shalom Center; author, The Tent of Abraham and Godwrestling Round 2<br /><br />This is a different kind of survivor story. Its hero did not survive Auschwitz, nor did he spend the war years hiding in an attic or in a forest. After a difficult but successful exodus from Europe, by mid 1941, he and his family arrived in New York and spent most of WWII living on Central Park West. Before reaching the age of twenty, he had already survived two life threatening situations. These early experiences no doubt contributed to the exceptional foresight, survival skills, and courage which led to his taking steps as early as 1936 to facilitate his family s exodus from Europe in case of war. An inspiring success story! --Tania Grossinger, author, Growing Up at Grossinger's<br /><br />This is the poignant and often suspenseful story of a man who experienced and understood the horror of war from a very young age. As a teenager, during WWI, he narrowly escaped death and then went on, against the odds, to survive two more European wars. His experiences bring to life the motivation and commitment of people like me who speak out, write, and even risk imprisonment through civil disobedience to oppose unnecessary and immoral wars. --Rep. Bob Edgar (D-PA, Ret.), President, Common Cause; former General Secretary, National Council of Churches

This is a different kind of survivor story. Its hero did not survive Auschwitz, nor did he spend the war years hiding in an attic or in a forest. After a difficult but successful exodus from Europe, by mid 1941, he and his family arrived in New York and spent most of WWII living on Central Park West. Before reaching the age of twenty, he had already survived two life threatening situations. These early experiences no doubt contributed to the exceptional foresight, survival skills, and courage which led to his taking steps as early as 1936 to facilitate his family s exodus from Europe in case of war. An inspiring success story! --Tania Grossinger, author, Growing Up at Grossinger's

For some, memories of the Holocaust are focused on their or their family's suffering. For some, those memories become a commitment to the Jewish people. And for some, they become a teaching toward the broadest circle peacemaking and honoring of all the others in our lives and in the world. In this book, Myriam Miedzian tells the moving story of how her father survived three twentieth century wars. We also learn how his harrowing experiences, the loss of her extended family in the Holocaust, and her own childhood broken by war have become conjoined for her with the pain of the world, and how her broken heart has become an open heart. --Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director, The Shalom Center; author, The Tent of Abraham and Godwrestling Round 2

About the Author

Myriam Miedzian holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University and a masters degree in clinical social work from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has been a professor of philosophy at a number of universities, including Rutgers and the City University of New York. She divides her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley, New York.

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Myriam Miedzian holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University and a masters degree in clinical social work from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has been a professor of philosophy at a number of universities, including Rutgers and the City University of New York. She divides her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley, New York.

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As the story of an athletic young man it would be remarkable.
Stanton H. Burnett
I loved this book the first time I read it, and even more the 2nd and 3rd times.
Judith Schiffer
What a fascinating story, told with such imagination and detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanton H. Burnett on January 13, 2010
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The saga of Henyek Miedzianagora would be a rambunctious adventure tale if it were not so real, so profoundly serious. This escape from the horrors of more than one wave of oppression in Europe is an astonishing story of shocking blunders and brilliant ploys. The daily details of survival, the almost impossible chase after visas for the western hemisphere, are the punctuation of a journey from Poland to Brussels, then on through France, Spain and Morocco, eventually to fetch up on Central Park West. As the story of an athletic young man it would be remarkable. That is was all done as a family, with two young children in tow, makes it near-incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan on January 10, 2010
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Myriam Miedzian's magnificent book on one of the most difficult subjects to write about, the fate of European Jews in the 20th century is a must read. "He Walked Through Walls" is PITCH PERFECT. Avoiding all descriptions of atrocities, Miedzian captures the tragedy of a people caught in the role of the classic scapegoat in a century of mass murder. "He Walked Through Walls" is also a thriller. We read in awe of her grandmother's, her father's, and her mother's combination of brilliance, cunning, skill, ingenuity, audacity, courage, fearlessness, and bravery as they miraculously finessed their way across closed borders, talked their way into procuring non-existent gasoline, visas,and finally the tickets to the ocean liner that carried them into sight of the Freiheitsstatue, the Statue of Liberty. As someone who has read almost every book written on the Holocaust, I cannot recommend "He Walked Through Walls" enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VLM on October 22, 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed Myriam Miedzian's book "He Walked Through Walls: A Twentieth-Century Tale of Survival". In fact, I almost missed my subway stop because I was so caught up in the story of her father's life.

Henyek Miedzianagora lived a life filled with adventure, hardship, and danger which he survived through his own wit and courage. And through the love and help of his family, especially his wife Betty, and friends and the good people he met along the way.

Henyek survived three wars in Europe and ended up in America to live the American dream.

My only complaint with this book is that it wasn't longer. I eagerly await the next installment.
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