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Branded on My Arm and in My Soul: A Holocaust Memoir Paperback – October 24, 2011
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I recommend - no, I urge - you to read this book. You can not say that you know what life's about, what suffering is until you've read 'Branded On My Arm And In My Soul'.
Abe was a child still -17 years old - when the Germans invaded Poland and killed every member of his family living in Poland, and transported him from one concentration camp to the other. Eventually in 1945 the Russians bombing Poland and the Germans on the run, Abe was forced to 'run' with them, the cattle cars, immobile during the day but crisscrossing Poland and Germany during the night, the prisoners without food, water or heating, and Abe eating snow to stay alive.
Then the Germans abandoned the cattle cars and the British came to the camps and could not believe what they saw.
Abe had survived, and so had the young Polish girl Freida who he was to marry and in 1950, as refugees, they had arrived in the USA and there to start a new life.
I cried often reading this book, and so will you, even if you are a 200 lb wrestler.
I cried when Abe discovered, through a photograph, whose daughter Freida was.
I cried when Abe returned from Germany to Poland and to the house of his parents and finding a Polish family living there and the man telling him, angrily: "We were told all the Jews were dead!"
Abe and Freida are no longer alive - or I am sure that they are very much so and very much human in the life that awaits us after this earthly life - but as I am still in this life, I regret that I am not able to give each of them a hug.
Abe and Freida you are blessed, I am sure.
I have just one complaint about this book and it is directed at the publishers: the book's price is steep.