Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A Lucky Child. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.
Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A Lucky Child is a book that demands to be read by all.
With Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 21, 2009, four people three survivors and one former Nazi youth leader consider its impact on the direction of their postwar lives.A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young BoyThomas Buergenthal, foreword by Elie Wiesel. Little, Brown, (240p) Not many children who entered Auschwitz lived to tell the tale. The American judge at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Czechoslovakia-born Buergenthal, is one of the few. A 10-year-old inmate in August 1944 at Birkenau, Buergenthal was one of the death camp's youngest prisoners. He miraculously survived, thanks, among others, to a friendly kapo who made him an errand boy. Buergenthal's authentic, moving tale reveals that his lifelong commitment to human rights sprang from the ashes of Auschwitz. 16 b&w photos, 1 map.
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A Lucky Child
Excellent reading. Amazing story of the incredible evil witnessed by a child during the Holocaust.
I enjoyed reading about this family's struggle to survive Nazi Germany. I doubt that I would have survived. However, this young boy, Lucky Child, and his mother survived against all odds.
Wonderful book!! You relive his whole life story as if you are by his side right there and then! Whoever told the author people don't want to read about the Holocaust, it's almost all I read! We must never forget!