Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust

Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust

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by Vic Shayne, Martin Small
     
 

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Remember Us is a look back at the lost world of the shtetl: a wise Zayde offering prophetic and profound words to his grandson, the rich experience of Shabbos, and the treasure of a loving family. All this is torn apart with the arrival of the Holocaust, beginning a crucible fraught with twists and turns so unpredictable and surprising that they defy

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Remember Us is a look back at the lost world of the shtetl: a wise Zayde offering prophetic and profound words to his grandson, the rich experience of Shabbos, and the treasure of a loving family. All this is torn apart with the arrival of the Holocaust, beginning a crucible fraught with twists and turns so unpredictable and surprising that they defy any attempt to find reason within them.

From work camps to the partisans of the Nowogrudek forests, from the Mauthausen concentration camp to life as a displaced person in Italy, and from fighting the Egyptian army in a tiny Israeli kibbutz in 1948 to starting a new life in a new world in New York, this book encompasses the mythical “hero’s journey” in very real historical events. Through the eyes of 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Martin Small, we learn that these priceless memories that are too painful to remember are also too painful to forget.

Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochma - Booklist

[T]his terse immediate memoir of a Polish Jew is a gripping read, with the haunting personal detail of what Small witnessed and what he escaped....the narrative as a whole, based on talks to audiences across the country and to coauthor Shayne before Small’s recent death at age 91, is unforgettable, particularly the account of meeting with the American who saved Small in Mauthausen, when he weighed less than 70 pounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602397231
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

Vic Shayne has been a professional writer for more than thirty years, having published several books, hundreds of articles, and several screenplays. An avid researcher of the Holocaust period, Vic Shayne has interviewed survivors, family members, and WWII veterans to bring to life Remember Us, the true story of survivor Martin Small.

Martin Small, born in 1916 as Mordechai Shmulevicz Small, under the tutelage of his rabbinical grandfather, became a Yeshiva scholar. But when the Germans invaded Poland, his idyllic life came to an end. His family was buried alive by Polish neighbors, and Martin was taken prisoner along with a friend and thrown into a work camp. Many years after the war, Small befriended a New York policeman who turned out to be the soldier who saved him from death in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

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Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the people described in this book, I am one of those moved by the pictures I found of my father's from WWll, moved so to read all I could about the Holocaust and Nazis. I thought I had read it all. I hadn't. This man was so unique, who began in a strong, loving family and ended up the same, going through hell in between. Like my 109 year old friend, he had the genes, the will, and the caregivers to live while others died. I appreciated the facts he chose to give as not to be so gory as we know it was. Please read this! "Never again." I wish the world to listen.
Sandragon More than 1 year ago
This brings the lives of those who lived through the taking over of Poland by Hitler's Third Reich. It's an eye opener, for sure! If you're looking for something that makes history up close and personal, this book will do it. Beware, you're going to feel angry, hurt, sorrowful; but then happy as you read how Martin Small overcame the odds and survived - in spite of everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An unbelievable eye opener into the past!
WCabogado More than 1 year ago
I have read some of Wiesel, but this is an exceptional book. It is well written and edited - clear and easy to read without noticing any particular style. It is both one of the strongest and, in its way, most horrible books I have ever read. I would like all my family and friends to read it. If you haven't recently learned more about the Holocaust, you should, too. If you are not moved by this book, I'd worry about you.
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