The Last Witness

The Last Witness

by Jerry Amernic


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The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family. Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.

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ISBN-13: 9780990421658
Publisher: Story Merchant
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Last Witness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. Once again we are reminded that if we try to sanitize history, as so many of our school history books do, the we are sure to repeat it.  That is not always a good thing. From the minute I read of the first killing I was hooked.  What is so amazing is that this book is set in the future, not too far from present time, yet we have all heard people say the holocaust didn’t happen.  Are we doomed to repeat history?  Maybe. I hope that if we ever have such an event that I can show as much courage as Jack did as a child and as an adult.  I was able to connect with his granddaughter’s passion for learning about his history not only because I love history, but because I too am a teacher.  I learned a long time ago that almost all teachers strive to continue to learn something new. The fact that someone would kill to keep the truth of the holocaust quiet is so realistic and frightening.  This is a book I will definitely recommend to my friends, especially those who are teachers.  These are lessons that should be taught in schools.  I would definitely read anything else this author wrote as this was an excellent piece of writing.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
What a great novel this is. It takes place in the future and is a definite reminder to NOT forget the lessons of the past or they will happen again. People have started forgetting about the Holocaust which happened during WWII where 6 million Jews and others were killed. There is another Holocaust which occurred about 10 years prior where many Christians were killed by Islamic terrorists and this is the one people are taught and remember. They call it the Great Holocaust. Christine, the great grand daughter of Jack Fisher, a 100 year old Holocaust survivor, is a history teacher who believes that this part of history should be taught. She learned about it first from her great grandfather. The school board doesn't agree-some even think it never really happened-Other Holocaust survivors suddenly start dying but since they were of an advanced age----then Christine dies. The police want to deem it a suicide--but Jack is positive it wasn't. How did a 4 year old child survive the death camps? You will be taken through the entire experience and if you don't shed a couple of tears I will be very surprised. I personally know some children of survivors of that horrendous period. Their parents, who I also knew were tough and really, much like Jack, did not speak about it very much. All they would say to us was--you must never forget. I never have. Thank you Jerry Amernic for this wake up call.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
In a word, riveting. Let’s fast forward to the near future, where people are more concerned with the present than the pivotal moments in time that shaped the world and its people. The horrors of World War II are long forgotten, few are left alive that lived through the genocide performed by Nazi Germany on Jews at Auschwitz and other death camps under their reign of terror. Slowly, these survivors are dying from freak accidents, suicide, old age, or is it murder? Only one survivor remains, Jack Fisher, a 100 year old man, whose body may be failing, but his mind is intact. Within his memories lay the truth of what happened so long ago. But who will listen? Even the educators are saying the Holocaust was overblown, exaggerated. Any source of information has disappeared, but why? What evil has sprung up to end the lives of the last survivors? People who question history are mysteriously dying, and when Jack’s great-granddaughter goes missing after raising issues about this historical travesty, its Jack the police come to for answers. The story Jack reveals is far more heinous than believable, but deeply buried facts back his story, but will it help find his great granddaughter? Raising more questions, suspicions, and awareness to the true history, Jack has placed a bullseye on his frail back. This time, even his Aryan appearance, converted Catholicism and very American name will not save him. Perhaps the young boy he once was will come forward in the fight for survival, but will it be enough? Will the true past die with Jack before the world finally opens its eyes? Jerry Amernic took one of humanity’s darkest moments and fictionalized it in a way that brings history to life, personal, human and brutally raw. The Last Witness comes to life as part mystery, part history, and one hundred percent spellbinding. His characters range from the delightfully cogent Jack Fisher to the almost caricature-like police detective that befriends him. The seamless travel back through Jack’s memories is almost too vividly real as he tells his life as a young child through the eyes of a much older man. Parts of our history are ugly, brutal, but these stories must be told and remembered. Through fiction, Jerry Amernic has done just that with The Last Witness and done with heart and respect for those who suffered.