Manny Steinberg (1925-2015), born in Radom (Poland), spent his early years in Nazi Camps, amongst which Auschwitz, Vaihingen an der Enz and Dachau. He decided to write his autobiography "Outcry - Holocaust Memoirs" when the six years of living in camps were over.
By writing his story, he fulfilled a promise he made to himself during the first days of freedom. The writing process took him ten years, and the fact that his "Outcry - Holocaust Memoirs" is being read by so many people across the world, made the author feel that he was finally being heard. He read every single review and was immensely grateful for all the appreciation. His book often ranked on the bestselling lists since publication in September 2014 and has been read and appreciated by more than 150,000 people.
Manny Steinberg had never wanted to return to Germany again, until recently. In April 2015 the 90-year-old was invited, along with seven other survivors, to attend the commemoration of the liberation 70 years ago of his last camp, Vaihingen an der Enz. It was an emotional visit during which he was joined by his family and friends. They also made a visit to Dachau. Sadly, he passed away on the 21st of December 2015.
Steinberg's life story has captured the miracle of one man's determination to survive. The book is inevitably an account of human cruelty, but also a testimony to the power of love and hope. By publishing his Holocaust memoirs, the author wanted to ensure that the world never forgets what happened during WWII.
"Not a day goes by that I do not think of my childhood or family, but as long as I'm allowed to be here on earth, I will wake up everyday feeling fortunate and blessed."
"When the German soldiers killed everyone I loved, I knew my purpose was to not merely exist but to live."
"I will forgive but cannot forget."
Manny attributed his tenacity in pursuing his book publication to his wife of over 60 years: "Without the support of Mimi, it would have been very difficult to write my story."
The mayor of Vaihingen an der Enz on the passing away of Manny Steinberg: “I am deeply saddened and distressed about the death of Manny Steinberg. It was my honor to meet and appreciate him in Spring 2015 in Vaihingen an der Enz, a town in which he suffered dreadful things during the Nazi era. He joined hands with us to reconcile and we will hold him in honorable remembrance.” (December 2015)