To Life!: A Story of Survival Paperback – Illustrated, June 26, 2009
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- Publisher : Xlibris; Illustrated edition (June 26, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 106 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1441518479
- ISBN-13 : 978-1441518477
- Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.24 x 9 inches
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Nathan Offen was born in 1922 into a Jewish family in Krakȯw, Poland. I was born in Chrzanȯw (about 40 miles from Krakȯw.) Nathan’s father, Jacob was born in Dombrowa near Tarnȯw. My stepmother, Rachel (nee Wurtzel) came from the same town. Nathan had a very close relationship with members of his family; especially his two brothers, Sam and Bernard. My immediate family was very close-knit. 50 members of Nathan’s extensive family were murdered in the Holocaust. 123 members of my extensive family were murdered in the Holocaust. Nathan dedicates his book to members of his immediate family who had been annihilated during the Holocaust. So is the dedication of my book. Nathan often says that he was never a teenager; I assert the same. Nathan’s teeth were knocked out by a German guard; so were mine. Apparently, Nathan’s history and mine contain many similar components.
Like Nathan Offen, I am not a professional writer. In one (out of 976) of my lectures, a United States WWII veteran approached me. He was an officer in the U.S. battalion that in 1945 had liberated the infamous concentration camp Buchenwald, in Germany. With tearful eyes, and in front of the church congregation, he said: “Mr. Wiener, for my children and my grandchildren you must have your life story in print.” I promised him, and in 2007 I wrote my autobiography “From a Name to a Number.” I seek no fame and no financial gains from it.
Nathan, I salute your resilience and all your accomplishment as a businessman, sportsman, husband, father and grandfather. Apparently, you have been determined not to be bitter, but better in every respect. I might have met you at one of the few Krakow –survivor Friends meetings that I have attended in New York City.
There are several photos in you book with a notation “Photo from German documents.” I am curious to know how you have obtained those photos. I would be willing to pay generously for any picture of members of my immediate family.
Thank you for writing “To Life A Story of Survival” - Lechaim, I wish you many more years of good health enjoying a meaningful life.
- Ken Brack, August, 2013