A Lucky Child

A Lucky Child

A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as A Young Boy

Paperback - 2015
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Thomas Buergenthal is unique. Liberated from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven, in adulthood he became a judge at the International Court in The Hague. In his honest and heartfelt memoirs, he tells the story of his extraordinary journey - from the horrors of Nazism to an investigation of modern day genocide. Aged ten Thomas Buergenthal arrived at Auschwitz after surviving the Ghetto of Kielce and two labour camps, and was soon separated from his parents. Using his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck, he managed to survive until he was liberated from Sachsenhausen in 1945. After experiencing the turmoil of Europe's post-war years - from the Battle of Berlin, to a Jewish orphanage in Poland - Buergenthal went to America in the 1950s at the age of seventeen. He eventually became one of the world's leading experts on international law and human rights. His story of survival and his determination to use law and justice to prevent further genocide is an epic and inspirational journey through twentieth century history. His book is both a special historical document and a great literary achievement, comparable only to Primo Levi's masterpieces.
Published: New York, Back Bay Books,, 2015.
Edition: Revised and expanded Back Bay paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780316339186
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 BUE
Characteristics: xix, 260, 22 pages :,illustrations, map, portraits ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiesel, Elie 1928-2016


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Jun 23, 2016

Holocaust memoirs are so important and become more over time. They are the eye-witness reports of atrocities that would otherwise have been forgotten and swept under the rug. The memoirs show us what truly happened and how people's lives were affected, both during and after.
Thomas Buergenthal tells his story from a distance of 55 years. This gives his memories a somewhat unemotional telling but one that is deep and touching. One can see the pain he witnessed and experienced through that filter of time.
From this atrocity of the Holocaust, Thomas emerged as a wonderful human being who understands that the cycle of horror and pain has to be stopped. He's doing his part to stop that cycle of hatred & retaliation and turning it to understanding and acceptance.

bbonier Apr 18, 2014

Heartbreaking but powerful memoir.

ChristchurchLib Apr 14, 2014

"A judge at the International Court in The Hague who was rescued from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven by Soviet and Polish troops presents the story of his extraordinary journey--from the horrors of Nazism to an investigation of modern day genocide." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/43337901-34d1-4c84-b134-32954b837d7d?postId=71b729f6-9022-4878-baad-967f3a6f4063

Apr 04, 2013

I read this book and I loved the simplicity of writing yet the raw reality of what Buergenthal went through. He makes you invision what happened through his writing - how he felt and the true horrors he experienced. He made me cheer when I realized how far he has made in life after such an awful, yet ever changing life event. I could not put the book down.

ivanthelibrarian Nov 08, 2010

A simply written book it doesn't have the eloquence or intensity of Wiesel's novels and yet each survivor, including this author, has a narrative unique to himself of Holocaust experience. Buergenthal's description of his re-union with the Norwegian architect Nansen moved me to tears. He describes himself as 'lucky' to have made it into Auschwitz because he did so without going through a 'selection' which was the normal entry procedure and which would have elimited a boy of his age.


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