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KLIATTElie Wiesel taught us long ago that Holocaust memories do not die. Sixty years after he survived the horrors of almost a dozen Nazi concentration camps in Poland, Germany, and France, George Salton tells his story. Born in southeastern Poland, young Lucjan Saltzman (he changed his name to Salton the day he landed in America in 1947) was the son of a middle-class Jewish lawyer. He was 11 when the Nazis invaded his village, 17 when the 82nd Airborne liberated his Wobbelin concentration camp in 1945. Separated from his parents and later from his brother, the boy learned to survive despite intolerable cruelty and subhuman conditions. His drive to live outlasted the Nazi drive to destroy him. In America, married and the father of three, Salton decided, "in raising my children, I would live as if the Holocaust had never happened. I would put the Past behind me..." But he couldn't; thus this powerful memoir. YA readers unfamiliar with the violence and death of the Nazi "final solution" may find this book wrenching, but they will also find it enabling because young Lucek kept fighting, kept working to stay alive, and, most importantly, kept the promise he had made to his parents "to live as a good and decent person, to be a mensch." KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 232p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.