Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other [NOOK Book]

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The astonishing stories of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and former Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz are brought to life in Needle in the Bone. As mere teenagers during World War II, the two men defied daunting odds, lost nearly everything and everyone in the war, and yet summoned the courage to start new lives in the United States.


Captured by the German army during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Frydman survived six concentration camps and three death marches. By ...

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Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other

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Overview

The astonishing stories of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and former Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz are brought to life in Needle in the Bone. As mere teenagers during World War II, the two men defied daunting odds, lost nearly everything and everyone in the war, and yet summoned the courage to start new lives in the United States.


Captured by the German army during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Frydman survived six concentration camps and three death marches. By the war's end, everyone in his extended family had been killed except for his brother. Piekalkiewicz started his own underground army at age sixteen. In addition, one of his uncles was the main leader and another the head treasurer for the Polish resistance before the Nazis discovered, tortured, and murdered them. After the war, Frydman and Piekalkiewicz began the long process of healing, taking different paths through the refugee camps of Europe, and then through education, marriage, and work, eventually leading them both to teaching positions at the University of Kansas, where they met in 1975. Recognizing the trauma and courage of each other's experiences, they became best friends, forming a lasting bond.


Needle in the Bone offers insight into the Holocaust and the Polish resistance by entwining the stories of these two survivors. By blending extensive interviews with Frydman and Piekalkiewicz, historical research, and the author's own responses and questions, this book provides a unique perspective on still-compelling issues, including the meaning of the Holocaust, the nature of good and evil, and how people persevere in the face of unbearable pain and loss.

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“With a poet’s eye for beauty among the ruins, Caryn Miriam-Goldberg has crafted a contemporary tale of two different men with a history of woe in common. A welcome addition to literature about the Holocaust, and a reminder that good sometimes does survive and prosper.”—Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream

Needle in the Bone is a compelling story of two Poles—a Jewish resister who survived the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, and other Nazi atrocities, and an Underground fighter who fought and survived the Nazi regime. Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg weaves in her own story as a Jewish American, adding valuable context and insights into the lives and experiences of Lou Frydman and Jarek Piekalkiewicz. It is a very American story of survival, new beginnings, hope and laughter in the face of horror, and faith in human goodness.”—David Katzman, professor emeritus of American studies, University of Kansas

Needle in the Bone is the powerful tale of two young men’s courage, heroism, heartbreak, and survival during and after the Second World War. Lovingly conceived, exhaustively researched, and beautifully written, this book is a magnificent achievement that not only provides important insights into the Holocaust and the resistance, but also documents the indomitable will of two extraordinary men.”—Bill Tuttle, author of “Daddy’s Gone to War”: The Second World War in the Lives of America’s Children

“Rich in factual detail and personal revelations, Needle in the Bone is an intimate portrait of two friends who witnessed unimaginable atrocities during the Holocaust and, in later years, grabbed a good share of happiness. The author, a loving friend of both men and their wives, holds the reader spellbound as she elicits their indelible, horrific, and hope-inspiring stories. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s authentic emotional presence and self-disclosure ends up being a huge gift to her readers, and the book is a valuable, highly personal contribution to the literature on Holocaust history.”—Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and The Marriage Rules

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612345697
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 677,894
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG, is the poet laureate of Kansas (2009–2012), the editor of four anthologies, and the author of The Divorce Girl, a novel (Ice Cube Press, 2012); The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community and Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Press, 2009); and four collections of poetry, most recently Landed (Mammoth, 2009). Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches in a low-residency MA program, she also facilitates community writing workshops widely. For more information, visit CarynMirriamGoldberg.com.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: "None of You Should Be Here, But Here You Are!" 1

1 Lou: Heaven and Earth in Poland 9

2 Jarek: An Equal Opportunity Wild Child 15

3 Lou: Picking Up Clues 33

4 Jarek: When the Whole World Changed on a Dime 41

5 Lou: Hiding in the Sticks 51

6 Jarek: An Officer and a Teenager in the Wild West 57

7 Lou: The Bunkers of Masada 69

8 Jarek: Fighting Room to Room 85

9 Lou: Raising Your Hand and Going to Hell 97

10 Jarek: Surviving the March West 115

11 Lou: From Death Row to Slavery 125

12 Jarek: The Great Escape and Back Again 137

13 Lou: Marching to Death 141

14 Jarek: The Liberation and Party of All Parties 155

15 Lou: No Gold in the Street 163

16 Jarek: Britain and Bust 175

17 Lou and Jane: Finding Jane 191

18 Jarek and Maura: Finding Maura 201

19 Lou: Land of Milk and Honey 211

20 Jarek: There's No Place Like Home 219

21 Lou and Jarek: The Comfort of Friendship 233

22 Lou and Jarek: The Weight of Knowing 243

Epilogue Needle in the Bone 253

Notes 265

Acknowledgments 275

Chronology 277

Lou Frydman's Wartime Itinerary 283

Jarek Piekalkiewicz's Wartime Itinerary 287

Works Consulted 289

About the Author 293

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