Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust

Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust

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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628731477
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 684,299
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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.

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.

Milton J. Nieuwsma is a writer, journalist, and filmmaker. His book Kinderlager was the basis for the Emmy Award-winning documentary Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah. Nieuwsma won a second Emmy for the film Defying Hitler.

Table of Contents

Author's Note vi

Preface 1

I Live to Remember 4

My Little Shtetl, Maitchet 8

Yiddish Culture 19

Answering Questions with Questions 23

Dreaming of a New World 29

Shabbat Shalom 35

Yearning to Touch the Past 44

Visiting Baranowicze 48

The Wrong Kind of Excitement 53

Living with Our Differences 58

AH on One Block 63

L'Chaim-To My Father. 69

The Meaning of Tzedakah 76

Our World Started to Change 90

The German Invasion 94

And Then We Were Slaves 110

Escape from Baranowicze 140

Free for Now 152

Partisans 157

More Aimless Wandering 172

Spring 186

The Awakening 190

Viva Italia! 202

Nowhere but Palestine 221

A War We Would Not Lose 234

Where's My Visa? 249

America the Beautiful 262

Time for Reflection 277

The Circle Comes to a Close 289

I Remember 293

Epilogue 297

Afterword 300

Appendix 305

Acknowledgments 325

About the Author 329

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