Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last

Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last

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Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau

With a foreword by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel!

Israel Meir Lau, one of the youngest survivors of Buchenwald, was just eight years old when the camp was liberated in 1945. Descended from a 1,000-year unbroken chain of rabbis, he grew up to become Chief Rabbi of Israel--and like many of the great rabbis, Lau is a master storyteller. Out of the Depths is his harrowing, miraculous, and inspiring account of life in one of the Nazis' deadliest concentration camps, and how he managed to survive against all possible odds.

Lau, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, also chronicles his life after the war, including his emigration to Mandate Palestine during a period that coincides with the development of the State of Israel. The story continues up through today, with that once-lost boy of eight now a brilliant, charismatic, and world-revered figure who has visited with Popes John Paul and Benedict; the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and countless global leaders including Ronald Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Tony Blair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402786310
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 469,138
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Lau is one of the world's most revered and charismatic Jewish leaders. Lau was born in 1937 in Poland, the son of his town's last Chief Rabbi. He served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1993 to 2003. Currently, he is Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of Yad Vashem--Israel's official memorial organization to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. In 2005, Lau was awarded the Israel Prize (the country's highest honor) for his lifetime achievements and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

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Out of the Depths 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly amazing story of a small child emerging from the depths of hell to continue his family legacy in becoming a great leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rabbi Lau manages to tell about his life weaving in Torah philosphy, faith and trust. It is like you are with him during thses times and throughout his amazing life. I felt lifted up reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book by the former chief rabbi of Israel begins with Yisrael Lau's journey of seeing the Nazis rise to power in Poland and having his childhood completely destroyed to his arrival at the highest rabbinic post in Israel. After seeing his father murdered and being separated from his mother by age 7, he is left to fend for himself in the Buchenwald concentration camp with help from his 14 year old brother. Through the courage of his brother, kindness of strangers and Divine Providence, Yisrael Lau survives. After a short stay in an orphanage in France, he arrives in Palestine to begin his life anew. His story, told with insight, foresight and retrospective tells the story of an entire generation of Jews who witnessed the Holocaust, the establishment of the state of Israel three years later, the victory of the 6 Day War, the sadness of the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the shock of Yitzchak Rabin's assassination. The people he meets along his journey remind you of "Forest Gump", they range from Fidel Castro to Kareem Abdul Jabal, and his experiences are unforgettable.
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Breath taking! Can't put down
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i don't have words
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He sits on a stmp