A Boy's Story A Man's Memory Surviving The Holocaust 1933-1945

A Boy's Story A Man's Memory Surviving The Holocaust 1933-1945

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BN ID: 2940014068437
Publisher: PL Products LLC
Publication date: 07/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 529,642
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

My name is Oskar Knoblauch. I was born November 27, 1925 in Leipzig, Germany. Along with my brother Siegmund, sister Ilse, and my wonderful parents Leopold and Ruzia, I had a fulfilling and quite memorable childhood. In 1933, at the age of eight, this perfect time of my life was shattered by the on-set of Nazism.

As the situation in Germany deteriorated it became necessary for my family to move to Krakow, Poland in 1936. We had hoped this move would return us to a normal life, but it was not to be. The outbreak of World War II, on September 1,1939, and the invasion of Poland, would mark the beginning of a dark and troubling time for my family and millions of other Jews. The next six years would become one of the most horrific eras of human history, with the death of over six million Jews and countless other innocent people! After the war, in 1945, I ended up in a DP (displaced person's) camp, in Feldafing, Germany. With the generosity of a Canadian family I was able to get sponsorship to enter Canada. After a seven day ocean voyage, on June 11, 1949 I arrived in Halifax, Canada. I was soon to meet the love of my life, Lila, and be married in Toronto in 1951. After starting our family in Canada, we decided to move to the United States of America in 1953. There, we raised three children and began living a wonderful life in this truly great country. After living in many beautiful states of the U.S., I retired in Phoenix, Arizona in 1995. With much encouragement from my family I began writing a journal of my Holocaust experience. Finally in 2007 my journal evolved into a book, "A Boy's Story - A Man's Memory Surviving the Holocaust 1933-1945", which would be published in 2010.

Now, at the age of 86, I am honored to be asked to come into classrooms and auditoriums to speak to students of all ages about my book and details of the Holocaust.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. I have read 40 to 50 biographies on the holocaust and this one is different. What makes it different is that if I had been the author I may have not wanted to write this story. I wonder what the author thinks the difference between him and a German soldier is? A German soldier is in the army. He has to do what his superiors tell him. He is not free to go whenever he wants. If he did he would be a deserter. The author here takes jobs working directly for the SS and Gestapo. He allows them to use him which because of his work they can comfortably continue to carry on their heinous plans to exterminate the Jews. He says he is doing this for his survival. Around him other Jews continue to be selected and are sent to their deaths. But the SS like him. And they keep him. But here is what is the difference between him and a soldier who works for the Reich. A soldier has a duty to escape. The author had opportunities to escape. Yet he checked himself in. Some of the SS guards laughed because he checked himself into prison when he cold have escaped. Another time there was no guard on him and he checked himself back into slavery for the Reich. Amazing! So it seems he willingly worked for the Nazis. Some will do anything to survive regardless of the consequences to those less fortunate. It seems to me he aided and assisted the Nazis even though he says he didn't want to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy actually came to our class and tallked about this I am in 8th grade and my awesome teacher invited him to come and tell his story he told us that his sister was face to face with ADOLF HITLER we were learning about the holpcaust and he called him and told us some pretty strong words and he was awesome enough to sign some bookmarks for us thanks Oskar you rock
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