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Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter Paperback – October 14, 2014
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"An extraordinary and inspirational story. The reader cannot fail to be inspired by Avraham Perlmutter's resolute belief in the goodness of his neighbors and the possibility of peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths--even as he lay in hiding from Nazis, concealed in a grave-like hole. Determined is radiant with the understanding that each human life is crucially important, and that, with perseverence and a little luck, it is possible to rebuild life even in the direst circumstances." -- Samara Hutman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
"Avraham Perlmutter's autobiography... is fascinating reading... remarkable, inspirational and very moving... it reads with the fluidity and dramatic tension of an action, against-all-odds adventure novel. Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter is most highly recommended." 5 ***** -- Jack Magnus, reviewer, Readers' Favorite
"Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter delivers everything you would expect from its title, and so much more... This beautifully crafted tale makes for compelling and exciting reading, even in the protagonist's post-war struggle, which demonstrates the amazing things he was able to achieve after such a difficult childhood. With incredible visual additions such as genuine photographs and documentation from the wartime and beyond, Determined is a rich and fascinating read..." 5 ***** -- K.C. Finn, Reader's Favorite
"Determined... takes readers on a heart-rending journey of danger, risks and perseverance. This book will inspire and motivate them to survive the adversities that they face and make a success of their lives... The author's story of survival is gripping and worth reading. 5 ***** -- Mamta Madhaven, Readers' Favorite
"Determined" reads like an adventure story, which it is, with short action-packed chapters" -- Topanga Messenger
"Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter is true to its name... His story is unique both in content and in tone. It brought me to tears but also to laughter. Avraham Perlmutter's story is moving. He is a force to be reckoned with." -- Prominent Holocaust Scholar Michael Berenbaum
"Fast-paced and engrossing, Avraham's story...is a story of human capacity and the astounding ability of a man to inspire and connect even in the face of a world going wrong." -- Santa Monica Star
About the Author
Avraham Perlmutter was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1927. A Holocaust survivor, he emerged with a positive perspective on life—choosing to focus on the people who helped him rather than those set on defeating him. After World War II, he fought in the Israeli War of Independence to help establish the State of Israel. He went on to pursue his education in the United States, earning a PhD in aeronautical engineering. Fluent in seven languages, he is an award-winning scientist and a successful businessman.
Avraham currently lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, Ruth. Together they have four children and five grandchildren. He continues to share his story with community groups and schools and through his Shoah Foundation interview—hoping to inspire people to help others in need, achieve an education, and overcome difficulties in pursuit of their dreams.
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The book ends with his later life, He marries and becomes the patriarch of a wonderful family of high-achieving descendants.
The only draw back to the narrative ist he plethora of characters with hard to remember names.
I will have to buy a hardback copy for my library. I recommend people everywhere to include this book in their library too and encourage others, especially the young, to read it.
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Av's children possessed that same thirst and desire to excel in the pursuit of knowledge.