Survival 1933-1944

Survival 1933-1944

by Alfred Moritz


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ISBN-13: 9781848610774
Publisher: Shearsman Books
Publication date: 05/25/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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Survival 1933-1944 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This true story shows how two young German Jewish children survived separation from their parents while living in a number of shelters in France, undergoing hunger, undernourishment and cold weather, doing farm chores, and with the constant fear of their true origin being discovered. They were forced to learn a new language while receiving schooling and were even taught a new religion. Occasionaly they found some people willing to help and even love, in a show of human goodness. When they finally were reunited with their parents, they had completed their primary education, showing what it is possible to achieve with endurance, persistence and hard work. The water color paintings, photographs, letters and other documents provide a deeper understandingt of this compelling story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable first person account of two youngsters; caught up in the holocaust; separated from their family; hidden by the French OSE underground; and eventually reunited with their parents who were hidden in an insane asylum. It is not only a moving personal narrative that begins before "Crystalnacht" and ends only after the liberation. It is illustrated with a magnificent collection of photos and watercolors by the author, who is a very skilled artist and revisited all of the painful sites of his youth in order to recall and revisit the events. One cannot read this account and, vicariously, follow he events of his family without feeling grateful that there are still a few survivors to tell their stories.
Steve1926 More than 1 year ago
When I heard that Al had written a book about his experiences during the Holocast I was amazed. I had no idea of his childhood background, escaping from the German police state. I could not put his story down until I had finished it. As a fellow engineer who worked on projects with Al, I had no idea of his brackground in France and Germany. And his writting and images make reading the book gripping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The is a sensitive and beautifully illustrated story of two brothers who fled their native German town to avoid becoming Holocaust victims. It was written to inform and remind us that this must never happen again.
IMK More than 1 year ago
This book is the story of two young Jewish boys being smugled out oif Nazi Germany and hidden by some French people during all of WW2. All young people should read this book as they grow up not completely aware of how huan beings can be crual beyond logic and act in irrational manner against other human beings who are the same except for their ethnicity or religious belief. The book is a masterpiece being written in 3 languages. The illustrations all copies of water colors by the author add an unusual dimension. I strongly reccomend this book especially to the young people of today
LaurentGarel More than 1 year ago
The ordeal of a german jewish boy in Europe during WW 2 is extremely moving for readers of all age groups because the writer is telling his own story,in his own words. He also illustates his narration by numerous personal drawings , outlining vividly all situations that he had to cope with.The text and illustrations are very easy to follow and catch immediately the attention of the reader. Besides the authenticity of this invaluable testimony,the text is simultaneously presented in 3 languages (english,french and german),broadening the potential reach of foreign readers.A spanish version is expected. Survival 1933-1944 is also a message of hope for the little boy has made his way through these dark times and completed successfully his adult life in the USA. Alfred Moritz story should be read by children, teenagers and adults of all nations,faiths and conditions for keeping the memory of the Shoah is a duty for all of us in order to prevent the repetition of such atrocities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yesterday,I read your book, Survival 1933-1944, and was pleased to learn about your early life, your family, where you lived, and of course, the trail of your, and your brother's survival during that tragic and dismal period---the Nazi era. I read the English version, since my French is rusty and German limited. I enjoyed your colored characterizations of people, places and other scenes that added to these vivid memories. It is so important that we preserve for future generations these memories of family, and others who helped during that horrific period, and you did a magnificent job in doing so in your book Survival 1933-1944.
Twin_Sister More than 1 year ago
Gee, I'm not much for putting stuff on paper but I do know I was really impressed with that book... not only is the story of those persecuted boys gripping, but to have the author, after all these years, write his recollections in the three languages of their youth and illustrate it all with his watercolors, blew my mind. I hope the younger generation especially may learn from this book.
TexasJudy1 More than 1 year ago
A true heart-tugging story of children surviving war and its effect on family life and relations. As a parent or grandparent you would never want any sibling experiencing such trauma and displacement during troubled times. It makes one wonder "would I or any of my children be able to survive under such diffecult conditions". More importantly it makes one think about what determined youngsters can overcome and asks the questions how can we humans impose such hardships on younsters.