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Sandy Rubenstein is the daughter of a survivor. On September 1, 1939, her father, Joseph Horn, began an odyssey through one of the worst atrocities in history. Horn stayed alive while his family perished, surviving stays in the Blizyn concentration camp, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. In her new introduction, Sandy Rubenstein describes the impact of the Holocaust not only on the survivors, but on the children of survivors. Copyright 2008.

From Library Journal

In this slim volume, Horn has written a heartrending account of his struggle to stay alive under the most horrific conditions in concentration camps including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen during World War II. The book’s nine chapters detail powerfully the author’s struggle to survive from September 1, 1939, when the Germans invaded Poland and entered Horn’s home city of Radom, about 80 miles from Warsaw, until the Allies liberated Bergen-Belsen in 1945. In a gripping chapter, the author describes life in the Peenemunde concentration camp, where prisoners faced death from overwork, extermination, or the reign of terror organized by the capos. Grim but compelling reading for popular collections. Mark Weber, Kent State Univ. Lib., Ohio

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From Booklist

Horn’s horrifying ordeal began on September 2, 1939, when at age 12 he watched German bombers attack his home city of Radom, Poland. The ordeal ended on April 15, 1945, when Allied forces freed him from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. His parents and sister were killed in Treblinka, and his two brothers and two uncles also perished. Horn survived Auschwitz and six other concentration camps before being sent to Bergen-Belsen. In 1964 when he applied to the German restitution office for compensation, the court rejected his claim, ruling that since no human was capable of withstanding the experiences described, he must be lying. His memoir, Horn writes, “is my chance to point an accusing finger at my oppressors and to record what is indelibly marked in the inner recesses of my mind.” George Cohen

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