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A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy (Paperback)

By Buergenthal, Thomas

At the age of ten the author arrived at Auschwitz after surviving the Ghetto of Kielce and two labour camps, and was soon separated from his parents. He eventually became one of the world's leading experts on international law and human rights. This book presents his story of sur... read full description below.

ISBN 9781846681851
Barcode 9781846681851
Published 9 February 2010 by Profile Books Ltd
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ISBN-13 9781846681851
ISBN-10 1846681855
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date 9 February 2010
International Publication Date 14 January 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Buergenthal, Thomas
Category Biography & Autobiography
World History: From C 1900 -
European History
The Holocaust
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 214g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.5318092
Catalogue Code 90889

Description of this Book

At the age of ten Thomas Buergenthal arrived at Auschwitz after surviving the Ghetto of Kielce and two labour camps, and was soon separated from his parents. Using his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck, he managed to survive until he was liberated from Sachsenhausen in 1945. After experiencing the turmoil of Europe's post-war years - from the Battle of Berlin, to a Jewish orphanage in Poland - Buergenthal went to America in the 1950s at the age of seventeen. He eventually became one of the world's leading experts on international law and human rights. His story of survival and his determination to use law and justice to prevent further genocide is an epic and inspirational journey through 20th Century history. His book is both a special historical document and a great literary achievement, comparable only to Primo Levi's masterpieces.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A tour de force: simply narrated, at times almost naive - and even more shocking as a result' Sunday Times News Review 'The detachment of distance, coupled with the author's gracious spirit... is what makes this memoir so rewarding: in the darkness' Telegraph 'What he has to say, both in bearing witness to the Holocaust and in describing his moral coming-to-adulthood, deserves our attention. He has serious things to tell us about forgiveness, justice and the curious effect of deep trauma on the mind.' Daily Mail 'An understated and quietly powerful memoir... A Lucky Child is not one to miss' - Libby Purves, Radio 4 Midweek
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Thomas Buergenthal has devoted his life to international and human rights law. He received degrees from New York University Law School and Harvard Law School and is currently the American judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Co-recipient of the 2008 Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize, he lives in The Hague, Netherlands.

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