Years at the Edge of Existence: War Memoirs, 1939-1945

Overview

A young Polish Catholic woman and forged identity papers helped a family of six and two of their friends escape an almost certain annihilation. Her sacrifices and caring are told against the backdrop of the war years when it was a day-to-day struggle just to find food, coal, and warm clothing. The woman, a complete stranger, made the difference between life and death. This personal memoir shows that love, mutual trust, and a strong personal identity contributed to survival and sanity under the most horrific ...

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Overview

A young Polish Catholic woman and forged identity papers helped a family of six and two of their friends escape an almost certain annihilation. Her sacrifices and caring are told against the backdrop of the war years when it was a day-to-day struggle just to find food, coal, and warm clothing. The woman, a complete stranger, made the difference between life and death. This personal memoir shows that love, mutual trust, and a strong personal identity contributed to survival and sanity under the most horrific conditions. It is a tale of love and courage, and the nurturing of them under the most dangerous circumstances, and coming out victorious.

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What People Are Saying

Michael Berenbaum
"The willingness to sacrifice, along with a strong sense of loyalty, devotion and gratitude, created lasting bonds between the Morgens family and Walentyna Zak, now named Ala Sztajnert and living in Israel as one of its honored citizens. These qualities offer evidence that goodness does indeed exist, and should help renew our faith in the human being who, after all, is not born to be a hero."
Michael Berenbaum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761803324
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/18/1996
  • Series: Studies in the Shoah Series, #15
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Morgens was born in Lodz, Poland and is now living in New York City.

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