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Abiding Hope: Bearing Witness to the Holocaust [Paperback]

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HISTORY / JEWISH / HOLOCAUST.

There will come a time, not too many years from now, when no one who suffered at the hands of the Nazis will be here to proclaim: "I was there. This happened to me. I saw this."

Author Benjamin Samuelson is one of few survivors of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando: "I don't understand how or why I made it through alive. . . . I woke, ate, did the task assigned me, and had but one thought: Why?"

"So many times, I considered walking into the air-tight brick room with the next group of people. Why didn't I? The only answer I've been able to think of is that some inner, divine spark of life would not allow it. I sincerely felt that by living, I would one day bear witness."

It took Benjamin 50 years before he could begin to relate his story to Jeff Shevlowitz. From his happy childhood in Rumania to the horrors of four Nazi concentration camps to the Israeli struggle for independence--a story of historical significance; countless miracles; and the will to live, with abiding hope, to tell the world of what he had witnessed.



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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 7"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 12, 2003
Publisher   Pine Orchard Press
ISBN  1930580495  
ISBN13  9781930580497  


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A MUST READ!!!  Jul 1, 2003
If you could read only 1 book on the Holocaust - this MUST BE READ!!! I couldn't put this book down. It is so perfectly engaging, so well written, from start to finish. You don't have to be an expert on history, culture or the Holocaust to appreciate this book. Shevlowitz delivers a masterful writing filled with enough detail to make you feel as if you were actually there watching, feeling and experiencing this real, human story. This story was so well crafted I actually experienced sadness when I reached the last page - not only for the tradegy of it all but also for the realization that the book was coming to an end and I would miss reading such a beautifully told drama.
 
Abiding Hope--A MUST READ  Jun 25, 2003
An extremely well written story that one will find compelling on many levels. If you are going to read a book on the Holocaust--check-out Abiding Hope!
 
"Almost" unbelievable  May 10, 2003
Abiding Hope certainly makes for some pretty darn interesting reading. Not your typical "I'll read the first two chapters, one in the middle, and the final chapter" kinda reading. Shevlowitz uses simple, yet carefully chosen words that evokes emotion and piques one's interest as he shares the stories told to him by Holocaust survivor, Benjamin Samuelson; a laborer of the Nazi death camps. Readers unwittingly relive Benjamin's maddening ordeal, day-by-day.

Abiding Hope is an easy three-day reader, although not so easy on the emotions. What I read forced me to question my own biased beliefs, or rather ignorance about the Holocaust. I thought I had heard it all regarding the Holocaust, but Benjamin speaks of the early days of genocidal skepticism and of his own "living hell" reality. While reading Abiding Hope, especially the parts about the countless atrocities Benjamin witnessed, and also those he was forced to participate in, I couldn't help but think, "this couldn't have happened; certainly he's made up these exceedingly horrific parts." I thought, how could these people that Benjamin spoke of be so easily beguiled into believing that disposing of the Jews (and prisoners of war and other people of various ethnicity) was in the best interest of the nation. I thought that perhaps these parts were weaved into the story for shock value. I couldn't believe that another human being could be so disassociated and unyielding in demonstrating their hatred and disregard for human life. Then I thought about that peculiar institution that flourished for many years in the USA--slavery.

I think Abiding Hope should be on the 'required reading' lists at colleges and universities.

 
"Almost" unbelievable.  May 7, 2003
Not your typical "I'll read the first two chapters, one in the middle, and the final chapter" kinda reading. Shevlowitz uses simple, yet carefully chosen words that evoke emotion and pique one's interest. The reader unwittingly relives, day-by-day, Holocaust survivor, Benjamin Samuelson's story of how he endured life, or something close to it while working in the Nazi death camps. While reading Abiding Hope, especially the parts where Benjamin tells of the countless atrocities he not only witnessed, but was also forced to participate in, I couldn't help but think, "this couldn't have happened; certainly he's made up these 'exceedingly' horrific parts." Benjamin's story forced me to, once again, question my own biased beliefs about the Holocaust. The book makes for interesting reading and it is well written and edited. You can skip reading the last chapter. I think Abiding Hope should be on the 'required reading' lists at colleges and universities. Easy three day reading.
 
a remarkable tale of survival  Apr 28, 2003
This is an amazing story of survival. It's hard to believe that anyone could have the will to live, after experiencing and witnessing such horrific brutality. At times it was hard for me to continue reading but I was compelled to find out how Benjamin survived it all. I have read other Holocaust books, but I have never read any that have moved me this much. This book should be required reading for all.
 

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