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A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young by Thomas Buergenthal

By Thomas Buergenthal

Thomas Buergenthal, now a pass judgement on within the foreign court docket of Justice in The Hague, tells his remarkable stories as a tender boy in his memoir A fortunate baby. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving ghettos and a exertions camp. Separated first from his mom after which his father, Buergenthal controlled by way of his wits and a few outstanding strokes of good fortune to outlive on his personal. virtually years after his liberation, Buergenthal used to be miraculously reunited together with his mom and in 1951 arrived within the U.S. to begin a brand new life.

Now devoted to aiding these subjected to tyranny during the global, Buergenthal writes his tale with an easy readability that highlights the stark information of unbelievable difficulty. A fortunate baby is a booklet that calls for to be learn by means of all.

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Soon we were on our way to Poland. It took us a while to get very far, however, since we were trapped in the no-man’s-land between Poland and Czechoslovakia. This strip of land measured some fifty yards from border post to border post. The borders were connected by a dirt road that cut through a field. On either side of the road ran a deep drainage ditch. The Polish border post was at one end of the road, the Czech at the other. As soon as we got to the Polish side of the border, the Polish guards would order us back to the Czech side.

If a driver saw us, he would try to slash at us with his long whip. Sometimes he would succeed, despite the avoidance techniques we developed over time. Besides needing the wood, we had a lot of fun playing this game, particularly since our parents, while not approving of our wagon jumping, were always pleased to get the few pieces of wood we brought in. Another game I remember playing with my friends was hiding in the empty field behind our apartment complex. There, from time to time, we could watch the Polish peasant women urinate in a standing position, with their legs spread out but without lifting their long skirts.

My parents had barely turned off the lights when the room we shared seemed to come alive. My mother screamed that she was being bitten to death. When my father jumped out of bed and switched on the light, we found the walls of the room and our beds covered with bedbugs. They were crawling all over us. It was quite a sight to behold: there seemed to be hundreds of ugly orange yellow bugs, and their vicious bites itched intolerably. My mother wanted to leave right away, but my father calmed her down and explained to her that we were lucky to have this place.

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