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Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor
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“I have read Joseph Freeman’s testimony and remain moved by its painful and powerful message. I have never been in Radom, but Freeman brings back fragments of its Jewish life—as well as images of its death. I thank him for sharing his memories with us.”
—Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and author of Night

“With my last bit of strength, I tried to rise, but again passed out, for how long I do not know. Upon opening my eyes I found an American soldier over me. His face was sweaty, his eyes filled with tears. I made a noise and he laughed. Tears ran down his cheeks. His words as he called out to the other soldiers still ring in my ears. ‘Hey, fellows, here is one more still alive.’ Wiping the filth from my face, he poured water over my forehead. A small amount he poured into my mouth. I began to cry, this time with tears of joy. I had been through so much pain I could no longer remember how to smile.
—From the chapter “Liberation,” in Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

With spare prose and in stark images, Joseph Freeman recounts his suffering during the Holocaust from the German invasion of Poland to the liberation of Europe. Freeman’s narrative includes sober accounts of Nazi atrocities, aching portraits of the noble spirits and unsung heroes who were counted among the walking dead of the concentration camps, and the profoundly moving story of the unexpected reunion of Freeman and the American GI who had lifted Freeman’s dying body from the mire of a battlefield forty years earlier.
Both poignant and exquisite in its simplicity, Joseph Freeman’s autobiography is at once a shibboleth for those who also endured the unspeakable and a haunting warning for those of us living in these latter days, when the voices of deniers and revisionists of the Holocaust wait to take the place of the aging witnesses who grow weary of their vigil.

JOSEPH FREEMAN was born in Poland in 1915. He immigrated to the United States shortly after the end of World War II. He and his wife, Helen, live in Pasadena, California.



Part One: Before the Destruction
Chapter One Early School Years in Radom
Chapter Two Father’s Family in Staszow
Chapter Three Gymnasium and University Years

Part Two: Hashoah
Chapter Four September 1, 1939
Chapter Five Walowa Street Ghetto
Chapter Six How the City of Radom Died
Chapter Seven Selections for the Death Camps
Chapter Eight Kromolowsky Factory
Chapter Nine Business at Kromolowsky
Chapter Ten Isaac
Chapter Eleven The Ghetto Reduced
Chapter Twelve Winter 1942-43
Chapter Thirteen “Exchange” of Intellectuals
Chapter Fourteen Letters
Chapter Fifteen Szkolna
Chapter Sixteen Auschwitz
Chapter Seventeen Vaihingen
Chapter Eighteen Schoemberg
Chapter Nineteen First Day
Chapter Twenty Order
Chapter Twenty-One Lester
Chapter Twenty-Two Lying with the Dead
Chapter Twenty-Three Hospital in Schoemberg
Chapter Twenty-Four Transports
Chapter Twenty-Five Spaichingen

Part Three: Rebirth
Chapter Twenty-Six Liberation
Chapter Twenty-Seven Hospital in Fussen
Chapter Twenty-Eight Feldafing
Chapter Twenty-Nine Return to Radom
Chapter Thirty Helen
Chapter Thirty-One Munich
Chapter Thirty-Two Pasadena
Chapter Thirty-Three Broken Silence
Chapter Thirty-Four Return to the Ruins
Chapter Thirty-Five Gates of Tomorrow


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