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Scheisshaus Luck
     

Scheisshaus Luck

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by Pierre Berg
 

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In 1943, eighteen year old Pierre Berg picked the wrong time to visit a friend’s house—at the same time as the Gestapo. He was thrown into the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. But through a mixture of savvy and chance, he man­aged to survive...and ultimately got out alive. “As far as I’m concerned,” says Berg, “it

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In 1943, eighteen year old Pierre Berg picked the wrong time to visit a friend’s house—at the same time as the Gestapo. He was thrown into the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. But through a mixture of savvy and chance, he man­aged to survive...and ultimately got out alive. “As far as I’m concerned,” says Berg, “it was all shithouse luck, which is to say—inelegantly—that I kept landing on the right side of the randomness of life.”

Such begins the first memoir of a French gentile Holocaust survivor published in the U.S. Originally penned shortly after the war when memories were still fresh, Scheisshaus Luck re­counts Berg’s constant struggle in the camps, escaping death countless times while enduring inhumane conditions, exhaustive labor, and near starvation. The book takes readers through Berg’s time in Auschwitz, his hair’s breadth avoid­ance of Allied bombing raids, his harrowing “death march” out of Auschwitz to Dora, a slave labor camp (only to be placed in another forced labor camp manufacturing the Nazis’ V1 & V2 rockets), and his eventual daring escape in the middle of a pitched battle between Nazi and Red Army forces.

Utterly frank and tinged with irony, irreverence, and gallows humor, Scheisshaus Luck ranks in importance among the work of fellow survivors Elie Wiesel and Primo Levi. As we quickly approach the day when there will be no living eyewitnesses to the Nazi's “Final Solution,” Berg's memoir stands as a searing reminder of how the Holocaust affected us all.

Editorial Reviews

Frederic Krome
"His memoir is one of the few available in English by a gentile inmate of Auschwitz and an even rarer chronicle of experiences at the Dora plant. His insight into the workings of the Auschwitz black-market system and the relationship of the Kapos (camp trustees) to political and religious prisoners helps illuminate the corrupting effect of Nazi brutality on prisoners. Berg's personal journey—from the emotional upheaval of being caught in a German sweep in Nice to the gradual deadening of
Jennylyn Suguitan
“As you turn every page, you’ll find yourself immersing into Pierre’s memory, as if he was telling the story only to you… probably the best gentile memoir ever written, making it a vital part of Holocaust literature, and a classic tale as well.” -- The Manila Times
Mike Kelly
“A harrowing story….A worthy supplement to the reports of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel.”
Wendy Stein
“It is the melding of the merry and the ghastly that sets this one apart from so many of the other Holocaust books I’ve come across. Mixed with the brutal working conditions, the random acts of violence, the routine beatings, the casual murders… there come moments of wonder, even beauty.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013046979
Publisher:
Blue Coffee Books
Publication date:
08/20/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
517,726
File size:
987 KB

Meet the Author

Pierre Berg was held prisoner in four different concentration camps, from January 1944 until May 1945. He emigrated to the U.S. following World War II. Now retired after forty years as a machinist in the movie industry, he keeps himself busy ushering at L.os Angeles playhouses. Brian Brock is a writer who is currently working on the memoir of a British WWII POW..

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Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I met Pierre Berg through myspace before his book was published. He is an amazing, inspiring and strong man. I cannot believe he has kept his sense of humor for so long, and through all he has endured. This book was by far the best account of the Holocaust that I have ever read, and I have read many. Pierre is more descriptive in his writing. He explains the things we don't want to know. This is crucial because we all should know that, Yes these horrible things did happen. We should never forget how cruel humanity can be, and we must never forget how harrowing each victim of the Holocaust was. It was refreshing to read about someone other than a Jewish survivor. While everyone knows that the Jews were inhumanely slaughtered, we all need to remember that there were many others there. Pierre describes the significance of each color of triangle that was sewn on each pair of 'pajamas' so everyone will know everyone's 'crime'. This is a must for everyone interested in the Holocaust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you so very much for sharing your story. Thank you for being persistant in getting this epic account to press. A brilliant account that must be told and read. A very contemporary thinker during a dreadful time. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good memoir of the Holocaust, written from a non Jewish perspective
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Awesome
kybooklover More than 1 year ago
Although the actual writing left a little to be desired, the story line was fascinating. To this day, I continue to be amazed at what the people interned in concentration camps had to endure and that a madman was allowed to destroy so many human lives. That Pierre was so young and was still able to survive such atrocities is amazing.
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Scheisshaus Luck is unlike any other Holocaust memoir that I have ever read. In the genre, Pierre Berg's words and voice are unique, profound, raw, poetic, matter of fact, visceral tinged with cynicism, blunt irony and gallows humor. This is a no holds barred account of a French (non-Jew/atheist) teenager's free-fall into the abyss of the Nazi's Final Solution. Pierre's journey and survival is a testament to the human spirit. His story is so compelling it ran me through the gamut of human emotions and I devoured the book in one sitting. This is an important and unforgettable addition to the catalog of experiences addressing the darkest days of the twentieth century. The book reminds us all that we must never forget the Holocaust and that we must not ignore the genocides that are still occurring around the globe today. Inaction against such atrocities is just as contemptible and vile as the atrocities themselves.