From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography

From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography

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by Alter Wiener
     
 

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Alter Wiener's father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany. He survived five camps. Upon liberation by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed 80 lbs as reflected on the book's cover. Alter Wiener is

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Alter Wiener's father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland. Alter was then a boy of 13. At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany. He survived five camps. Upon liberation by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed 80 lbs as reflected on the book's cover. Alter Wiener is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Oregon in 2000 and since then he has shared his life story with over 800 audiences (as of April, 2013) in universities, colleges, middle and high schools, Churches, Synagogues, prisons, clubs, etc. He has also been interviewed by radio and TV stations as well as the press. Wiener's autobiography is a testimony to an unfolding tragedy taking place in WWII. Its message illustrates what prejudice may lead to and how tolerance is imperative. This book is not just Wiener's life story but it reveals many responses to his story. Hopefully, it will enable many readers to truly understand such levels of horror and a chance to empathize with the unique plight of the Holocaust victims. Feel free to visit my website www.alterwiener.com for more information including links.

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ISBN-13:
9781452091181
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
04/05/2007
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
172,888
File size:
6 MB

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From A Name To A Number 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Corinna24 More than 1 year ago
I feel extremly fortunate to have had the opportunity to read From A Name To A Number & also to meet Alter Weiner. What an honor it was to listen to this humble man tell of his experience he had gone through as a child. To actually read this book then but a face to this man from his book is something I will never forget!! I finshed reading the book & a week later was told that Mr. Weiner would be coming to my sons school,I was able to attend his visit there & asked for my son to join. It scares me to think that we have not encourged our children to learn more about the Holocaust it is a extremly inportant factor in our history. All children should be taught more about this period in history reminded about what we all have & the things that we all take for granted everyday.I can say I will never forget Mr.Weiner or the message he has sent to me in my heart I still find it very disturbing how inhumane this was to so many innocent people to end the lives of millions for no reason. WHY?????? I highly recommend this book to be read by everyone, if you ever have a chance to see Mr. Weiner please do he is our history our memory our miracle!!!!!
stevejvh More than 1 year ago
WARNING!!! Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down. Thank you Alter for sharing your very personal account of this difficult period in world history. May no one forget these atrocities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a wonderful biography about Mr. Wiener, his story has changed the lives of many and will continue to do so, this book is one that should be read by all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'From a Name to a Number' is an intimate memoir that holds the reader's attention--from disturbing preface to analytical epilogue. We first meet the author's loving family during his sheltered childhood in prewar Poland. The horrors of the Holocaust destroy the family and fill Mr. Wiener's young life with constant fear, pain and deprivation for the next six years. The joy of liberation is tempered by the realization of lost family and by the difficulty of adjustment to normal life. Some 100 pages are devoted to Alter Wiener's ongoing mission in life--telling diverse audiences about his tragic experiences and warning them about the dangers of hatred and prejudice. He makes us aware of the unique privilege granted to both parties in this arrangement: History comes to life for the audience that can hear it being told by an actual (involuntary) participant--and the speaker/author is able to achieve an amazingly intimate emotional bond with his audience. May he continue his important task for many more years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 'From a Name to a Number' for a school book report and was not enthused about. However once i got into reading it, it was one of the best books i have ever read. Not only did it open my eyes to what the holocaust was really like it also was really fun and interesting to read. I recommend this book to anyone. 5 out of 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'From A Name to A Number' was one of the most eye opening Holocaust stories I have read. Since my grandparents were Holocaust survivors and I was educated in a private Jewish school, I have not gone without hearing many horrifying situations of Holocaust victims. But each one still shocks me, and Mr. Wiener's particular stories had me in tears. The reason I loved his book so much, I think, is that Mr. Wiener tells of his life after the Holocaust, which is an important part of his life that survivors do not often share. This book retells the Holocaust on a more personal and revealing level, and, although it is difficult to digest, I challenge everyone to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It would be innaccurate to say that 'From A Name to A Number' was a pleasant or enjoyable book to read. Yet is it the distinguishing quality of remaining with the reader long after the book has been finished that makes this one such a success. It is difficult in many ways: difficult to read, difficut to fathom, and difficult to put down once it has been picked up. This one of those stories that, while not easy to hear, must be even harder to tell- and I applaud Mr. Wiener's courage and honesty. As a grandson of Holocaust survivors, I know that it is crucial for the few witnesses who remain to tell the stories and so I thank him for sharing his story, and I encourage everyone to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this book very interesting because of it's uniqueness in telling of the holocaust. What I like about this book is how Mr. Wiener describes the difficulties and struggles of survivor's entering back into society. It is a part of the story that has always been missing for me. I have always thought at the end of the books or movies 'that's it? But what happened to the survivors? How did they go on?' This book helps me remember that one should always hold hope. It seems he always found a reason to hold on no matter how difficult his life became. He is truly an extraordinary man. Thank you Mr. Wiener for giving the world a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Weiner visted my school yesterday, tellimg us about his inspiring story. What a man. He lived a hard life :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. Mr. Wiener's story is simply extraordinary. I especailly liked how the book also included information on Mr. Wiener's life after his liberation. You will be hooked from the first chapter on.
LilaR More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! Mr. Weiner's example should be published in the news everday as a reminder to appreciate life!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My wife and I had the opportunity to meet and listen to Mr. Weiner speak at our children's school. After hearing this kind and humble man speak and then reading his book, I must say we have found a totally new appreciation for the very simple things we have in our lives that tend to get over looked!! Mr. Weiner's book tells a chilling story of the horrors he endured during a horrific time in history. Thank you for sharing your story with us and our kids, we need this reality check and thank you for your kind heart!! Tim D.
pmandel More than 1 year ago
This is not a book to be taken lightly. I have the privilege of being personally acquainted with the author, and I can assure you he takes great pains to be absolutely certain that everything he writes - and everything he says in his presentations - is absolute truth. Painful though it may be, it's all true. Let me offer the reader Alter's Facebook page facebook(dot)com/alterwiener and also his website alterwiener(dot)com. If you want an idea of the content, just go to his website and download the Preface of the book for free (PDF). Then decide whether to read the book or not. I hope you decide in favor. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would first like to say that before even reading the book, i was so privliged as to be able to hear Mr. Wiener as an inspirational speaker at my school. His story is one that very few people in this world can realate to, and the ones who can know his story all to closely. His book is the best book i have probably ever read, because i know his words are true. Its not easy for someone to who has lived through such hell, that we now call the holocaust, to speak and tell their story. Everytime he tells his story, it is relived in him, so imagine reliving hell everytime. He is selfless in the fact that he has now lived through the holocaust and continues to live his life trying to tell others of his horendous stories. This book will be one the greatest books you could buy to hear such a story. I purchased this book just a few weeks after it came out in stores, and read the whole thing, frount to back in about 3 days. I know that if you read this book, you will be able to understand how privliged i feel to have been able to meet such a man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al Wiener's account of his time spent in a concentration camp, and the years following his pain and suffering, was a story everyone should read. Al's description makes every reader wonder 'How could such a thing happen in a civilized world'. He is such a positive person, and although this pain in his life warped him 'as it should have' he chose to live the rest of his life loving to do good for others and to stand up and graphically tell his story. I have heard him talk and he is a wonderful, uplifting personality. Even though I found the student comments to be too long and repetitive, they were interesting and were important for Al. I did however, thoroughly enjoy the section of the book where Al answered many questions directed to him about the holocaust and life in the concentration camps. Al's philosophy on life really came through. The book is a good read and will make you both think and wonder.
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I heard him speak and i cried. A great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr.Wiener, first of all,allow me to deeply apologize for your suffering at the hands of our "fellow" man. It is shameful, heart breaking, and utterly shocking the attrocities that the countless Jews (and many others) were forced to endure. I have read many memoirs of the Holocaust,from different perspectives, bit your life story struck me as poignant, honest and I admire your strength and devotion. Reading other stories, in which the brutalities were spelled out in depth, I was able to paint a picture in my mind's eye, although, nothing I could imagine would probably come close to the reality. Your memoir took me past that, into a world I often wondered. How were these people able to pick up the remnants of their life? What lingering effects were still present 20, 40, 60 years later? Would I be able to recognize the haunted look so often described? In most cases,no. What I imagine I would see in your eyes,Dear Sir, would be unending kindness, a youthful teinkle, and ultimate, inherrant goodness. I can only hope to gain your wisdom, your forgiving approach to humankind, and enduring courage. To the reader, open these pages with the expectation of being saddened, angry, relieved, then rejuvenated. You will not regret it.
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