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Narrow Escapes: Childhood Memories of the Holocaust and their Legacy

Narrow Escapes: Childhood Memories of the Holocaust and their Legacy
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Powerful memoir of the Holocaust as experience by a twelve-year old boy

“Perhaps the most engrossing book I have ever read of this painful subject”—William B. Helmreich, Professor of Sociology at City University of New York

A story of triumph
“A story of triumph. It offers a truly unique perspective in the literature of the Holocaust. The author is dramatic, touching, and amazingly vivid.”—Mona Lessing Skolnick, criminal justice consultant

I read it in one sitting
“I read it in one sitting. It is an extremely moving drama.”—Professor Harry James Cargas, Department of Literature and Language, Webster College

Narrow Escapes makes an important contribution to the understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust as experienced by a twelve year old boy. It will touch readers as they share the experiences of young holocaust survivors. This book is ultimately a story that expresses a sense of optimism, despite the horrors expressed in it. In the foreward, John Roth states, “Narrow Escapes defines Samuel Oliner’s life in more ways than one. Not only is he a Holocaust survivor who barely eluded the genocidal “Final Solution” that Nazi Germany unleashed on the European Jews during the Second World War. Oliner is also a groundbreaking Holocaust scholar who has focused attention on the rescuers—small in number but immensely significant nonetheless—who risked their lives to give Jews life-saving narrow escapes during those dark times.

Oliner’s personal experience of the Holocaust produced memories that have never left him. Oliner’s significant epilogue in this new edition both updates his story and helps to show how his narrow escape led to a remarkable career.” Narrow Escapes is readable and recommended for all ages, including elementary, high school, and college students.

Table of Contents
The Escape
Death is only for a Little While
Cheder and Mr. Hershel
Bergmann the Defender
Jusek the Penknife Stealer
Never to Forget
Some Fought Back
Retribution Begins
The Liberators

SAMUEL P. OLINER is a professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, CA. He teaches in the area of race relations, anti-Semitism, genocide, the Holocaust, altruism and prosocial behavior. Dr. Oliner has written and co-authored many books, including The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe.