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Taking Risks: A Jewish Youth in the Soviet Partisans and His Unlikely Life in California Paperback – January 26, 2011
"Hitler's Forgotten Children" by Ingrid von Oelhafen
The Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program. Learn more | See related books
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So much has been written about the Holocaust experience yet this account feels entirely fresh. Towards the end of the book, Mr Pell says he regrets not getting more formal education. But I suspect the almost unnervingly straightforward manner in which the story is told owes much to the author's gift for observation and natural intuition - the intuition that helped him survive in war-ravaged Poland and Germany and excell in his adopted country of America.
Pell, a teenager at the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland evades capture and finds himself in forest, where he joins with other fugitives from the occupation forces. His account of life among the itinerant band of partisans he joins serves as a fascinating insight into how people organise themselves when society has completely broken down. The skills he has developed growing up in a rural community, qualify him very well for the challenges of survival that he faces (far better than the educated urban folk who are also on the run). Through his natural good judgement and his finely developed instincts about human nature he appears to thrive in this fractured world. He doesn't dwell on the tragedy that he has to live with - the loss of all his family - but the sense of his own good fortune is always tempered by that memory. And in a quiet way this resonates throughout the account.
Anyone seeking reassurance about the human spirit and its capacity for survival will find it here.Read more ›
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Interesting and motivating story of overcoming obstacles. However, not really well written and lots of typos in the Kindle version.Published 9 months ago by M. Na