Guarded by Angels: How My Father and Uncle Survived Hitler and Cheated Stalin

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This is the dramatic story of two young Jews, Gene and Mark Elsner, who were forced to flee their home in southern Poland in 1939, only to be arrested by Soviet authorities in Lwów the following year and transported to labor camps north of the Arctic Circle. Near death from starvation, they were released after 18 months and traveled thousands of miles across the Soviet Union, passing through Central Asia, before finding refuge in a Cossack village in the Caucasus. They survived six months of Nazi occupation and ...

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Overview

This is the dramatic story of two young Jews, Gene and Mark Elsner, who were forced to flee their home in southern Poland in 1939, only to be arrested by Soviet authorities in Lwów the following year and transported to labor camps north of the Arctic Circle. Near death from starvation, they were released after 18 months and traveled thousands of miles across the Soviet Union, passing through Central Asia, before finding refuge in a Cossack village in the Caucasus. They survived six months of Nazi occupation and were later drafted by a Polish brigade attached to the Red Army and participated in the Soviet advance through Poland and into Germany, where Gene was seriously wounded and counted for dead.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780976073918
  • Publisher: Holocaust Survivors Memoirs Project
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Chilling Tale of Survival that Takes You There

    Written as though you were hearing this personal story on the day it happened. Each chapter takes you into history in the true sense of an unforgettable experience and sense of what it was to live in Eastern Europe in World War II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    A MUST READ for a totally different view of World War II

    This book is truly wonderful. I was moved to tears by the end and read it cover to cover without pause because it was so engaging. It tells a story of World War II that I had never heard and gives an interesting picture of the Eastern front. Countries and cities were pitched back and forth between Russia and Germany, and through this madness we learn of the amazing survival instincts of two brothers. This book will grip you within the first 10 pages, just before the war began, and you will not want to put it down until you know how it and the war ends for the characters.

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