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Last train to freedom: A story of a Holocaust survivor's travels to America Hardcover – January 1, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: R. Ronald; 1st edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966067703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966067705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,166,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EBRoden@aol.com on March 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Robert Ronald/Rosenthal has written in Last Train to Freedom with great clarity of his family's escape from Hitler and the catastrophe that was the Holocaust. Now a successful businessman who lives in Northern California with a family he loves deeply, Ronald has found the courage to relive and recount the heartbreak of losing his childhood home and his father to prison. He clearly conveys the terror of being a child always "on the run" with the enemy just behind. To his credit he manages to anchor his individual tale firmly in the historical setting and to give it a higher meaning as a parable of innocence and betrayal. He came of age in a world gone mad and is that remarkable man who can tell his story with courage and insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1998
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This book's author, a child when Hitler came to power, describes the series of moves by which his German-Jewish family escaped -- only just -- the Holocaust. Having moved to France in 1933, his father was interned in French concentration camps at the outbreak of war, because officially he was an enemy alien. When the Germans were at the outskirts of Paris in June 1940, the author and his mother and sisters managed to board the very last train leaving Paris for the south -- the actual train immortalized in fiction in the movie "Casablanca." They lived at Vichy, where the Under the conditions of the Armistice, the French agreed to turn over German refugees to the Nazis, thus leaving thousands of Jews trapped in the French concentration camps. With the help of a relative already in the U.S., the author's family was able to leave France in September 1941 -- almost the last boat available to refugees -- for Cuba. There the refugees arrived to a Rosh Hashanah feast provided by the local Jewish community. The author, then in his early teens, went to work as a diamond polisher and cutter in the shops of one of the diamond merchants evacuated from Holland and Belgium as those countries fell. His income kept the family fed through the war, and in 1946, they came to the U.S., where the author became a highly successful businessman.
The book provides valuable insight into the thinking of a well-educated, assimilated German-Jewish family as it tries to cope with a series of events that are turning its world upside down: the coming of the Nazis to Germany, the unexpected sudden defeat of France, and the closing of the net around the refugees from Germany. The difficulties of finding a place of haven are also illuminated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1998
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A story of a family's successful escape from the Nazi invasion. A mother's relentless efforts to free herself and her family from the disaster facing them. This is the story of their journey to the United States narrowly escaping at each stop along the way. This story tells of the author's respect for traditions, the importance of family, the value of friendship, and his courage to see it happen. It was enjoyable to read a book of a Holocaust survivor with so much positive.
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