I'm No Hero: Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor

I'm No Hero: Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor

by Henry Friedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0295981164

ISBN-13: 9780295981161

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Henry Friedman was robbed of his adolescence by the monstrous evil that annihilated millions of European Jews and changed forever the lives of those who survived. When the Nazis overran their home town near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the Friedman family was saved by Ukrainian Christians who had worked at their farm. Henry, his mother, his younger brother, and a

Overview

Henry Friedman was robbed of his adolescence by the monstrous evil that annihilated millions of European Jews and changed forever the lives of those who survived. When the Nazis overran their home town near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the Friedman family was saved by Ukrainian Christians who had worked at their farm. Henry, his mother, his younger brother, and a young schoolteacher—who had been hired by his father when Jews were forbidden to attend school—were hidden in a loft over the animal stalls at a neighbor’s farm; his father hid in another hayloft half a mile away.

When the family was liberated by the Russians after eighteen months in hiding, Henry, at age fifteen, was emaciated and too weak to walk. The Friedmans eventually made their way to a displaced persons camp in Austria where Henry learned quickly to wheel and deal, seducing women of various ages and nationalities and mastering the intricacies of dealing in the black market. In I’m No Hero, he confronts with unblinking honesty the pain, the shame, and the bizarre comedy of his passage to adulthood.

The family came to Seattle in 1949, where Henry Friedman has made his home ever since. In 1988 he returned with his wife to Brody and Suchowola, where he succeeded in finding Julia Symchuk, who, as a young girl, had warned his father that the Gestapo was looking for him, and whose family had hidden the Friedmans in their loft. The following year he was able to bring Julia to Seattle for a triumphal visit, where she was honored in many ways, although, as Friedman writes, "in her own country she had never been honored with anything except hard work."

Like many other survivors, Henry Friedman has found it difficult to confront his past. Like others, too, he has felt the obligation to bear witness. Now retired, he devotes much of his time to telling his story, which he believes is a message of hope, to thousands of schoolchildren throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has received national recognition for his role in establishing the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, and as a founder of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295981161
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Berenbaumvii
Acknowledgmentsxiii
SURVIVAL
My Boyhood in Brody, Poland3
Captivity and Liberation28
My New Hobby47
The Survivors57
Confusion for My People71
Fleeing Poland75
The Black Market80
The Call to Palestine88
Adultery94
AMERICA
Journey to America105
The Army and Korea111
The Jewelry Business118
Sandy124
The Arnie Apple Company, the World's Fair, and Family Life131
Israel and Other Travels137
Family News143
A Gathering of Survivors149
India154
Return to Russia159
Reunion164
A Heroinein Seattle171
Hope176
Photographs following page146
Map of Poland4

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