Bastards, Bitches, and Heroes: A Memoir

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The true story of two young, abandoned and exploited brothers who triumphed greatly. This eye-popping, inspirational memoir has two parts: "The Agonies" and "The Ironies."

Herman I Neuman was born in Nazi Germany just before Hitler invaded Poland. His memoir describes the horrors that began in World War II and continued for years thereafter, mostly because his parents began a new war. Against each other. After more than twenty court processes, his family lost everything. During ...

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The true story of two young, abandoned and exploited brothers who triumphed greatly. This eye-popping, inspirational memoir has two parts: "The Agonies" and "The Ironies."

Herman I Neuman was born in Nazi Germany just before Hitler invaded Poland. His memoir describes the horrors that began in World War II and continued for years thereafter, mostly because his parents began a new war. Against each other. After more than twenty court processes, his family lost everything. During these wars they suffered firebombing, deathly illnesses, starvation and homelessness. When Herman and his brother were about seven and five years old, their mother forced them to scavenge food from unique places. Then she motivated them to eat it using some rather unusual methods.

Eventually the three of them moved in with their father who had just built a luxury home. But later a judge had them physically evicted on Christmas Eve Day. For the next year they had to squat in a stranger's attic without water, sewer, heat, power or hope.

When Herman and his brother were 16 and 14 years old, their relatives invited them to America and subsequently enslaved them on separate farms. Herman was allowed to bathe but once a year. At the age of 20 he continued to live in isolated poverty and under almost impossible conditions.

In "The Ironies," their father gave all of his possessions, including his architectural practice, to his second wife. She then divorced him leaving him penniless. He and the boys' mother became friends again and she found him a new girlfriend, a wealthy widow. Even though he was now a pauper, he again lived in luxury until he died.

Herman and his brothereventually escaped their slavery. Through tenacity, self-discipline and hard work, including "the toughest job in town," they earned their way through college, became American citizens and traveled the world. Some of the travel adventures of Herman and his wife are included in this extraordinary story of inspiration.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780595125371
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2001
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgements xv
The Agonies
1 The Big War 3
2 The Starvation 26
3 It Gets Better 89
4 And Still Better 177
5 There's No End To This Life 223
The Ironies
6 The Liberation 291
7 Freedom At Last 345
8 The Visit 393
Epilogue 419
About the Author 425
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Bastards, Bitches and Heroes is Among the Best Memoirs Ever Written.

    Courageous and resilient are the words that best describe the heroes in this remarkable book. Without a doubt, it is the best memoir I have ever read as it details the lives of two young men from childhood through adulthood. It is about pain and broken promises. But more important, it is about overcoming obstacles and drawing on inner strength to triumph in spite of it all. It is beautifully written and laced with humor. The photographs and subtle observances by the author about the state of society today enhance it even more. I am honored to recommend this book written by a `real¿ hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001

    new genre for a new century

    This book takes a fascinating storyline, the best I've ever read, and intellectually teases the reader with asides until one realizes that one is actually participating with 'Ami' in the great adventure of life. What a literary masterpiece!

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