The Kindness of the Hangman: Even in Hell, There is Hope

The Kindness of the Hangman: Even in Hell, There is Hope

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ISBN-13: 9780578144450
Publisher: Higgins Bay Press
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Series: Kindness of the Hangman , #1
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 363,238
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

In 1933 Henry Oster was just 5 years old, a carefree kindergartner in Cologne, Germany, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seized power. For the next 12 years Henry struggled to keep on breathing while his family, his friends and the Jews of Europe were overwhelmed by the Holocaust.

Henry hid his mother from the SS in an attic in the Lodz, Poland Ghetto. He escaped a firing squad in Auschwitz. Endured a death march through the Polish winter. Formed a life-long friendship in the nightmare barracks of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Saw his friends killed by a British fighter-bomber. And came within hours of starving to death before his liberation by General Patton's 3rd Army.

Henry rebuilt his life from nothing, coming of age as a free young man in Paris. He arrived in the U.S. with no English,
no money and no education. And from the ashes of a ruined past built a life full of love, joy and compassion.

Now, complete with chilling documents liberated from the Nazi concentration camps themselves,
his heartbreaking, triumphant story can finally be told.

Dexter Ford is a Contributing Writer to The New York Times and other major publications on history, politics, the Holocaust, World War ll, architecture, transportation technology and the auto, aviation, motorcycle industries. He also writes extensively on adventure travel: he has flown upside-down with the Blue Angels, ridden a motorcycle through China, Russia, and the Andes, and swum alone, at night, with airplane-sized Manta Rays. Mr. Ford lives in Manhattan Beach, California and Higgins Bay, New York.

Table of Contents

The Kindness of the Hangman Table of Contents

1. A German boy.
2. A Nation in Search Of A Leader.
3. Jews in Germany.
4. The Rise of the Nazis.
5. Under Pressure.
6. A night to remember. A night to forget.
7. "This is a mistake!"
8. Nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
9. The Precious Shrapnel.
10. Report for deportation.
11. One room. 21 people.
12. The calculus of soup.
13. The Ghetto Runner.
14. The Sounds In The Night.
15. Fatherless Child.
16. The Kindness of the Hangman.
17. The Secret In The Attic.
18. The Train.
19. A raised hand. A tattooed arm.
20. To The Stables.
21. Mutti, Olga and Barbarossa.
22. The Foal In The Field.
23. Barbarossa.
24. In the line of fire.
25. A beating, a tomato and a loaf of bread.
26. The Gauntlet and the One-Eyed Nazi.
27. Something's Happening Here.
28. The March
29. Under Attack.
30. Buchenwald.
31. Whispers In The Night.
32. The Negroes Are Coming!
33. Lying With the Dead.
34. A Tank with the Star of David.
35. The well, the sick and the dying.
36. Behind the Wire at Buchenwald.
37. The SS on the Run.
38. Black and White.
39. The First Breakfast.
40. Fear of Freedom.
41. The Long Road.
42. The Good Germans Of Weimar.
43. Burying The Dead.
44. Burying The Dead.
45. One More Train Ride.
46. The Ride Back To Life.
47. Welcome to the Asylum.
48. Somebody from Somewhere.
49. What freedom looks like.
50. The Good Ship Exodus.
51. The Man From America.
52. A Free Man In Paris.
53. To The Promised Land.
54. The Woman in the Harbor.
55. Home at Last.
56. Welcome to Westwood.
57. Sorry. Too Jewish.
58. Return to Germany.
Epilogue

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