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A Lucky Child

A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

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Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in , tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the to start a new life.

Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A LUCKY CHILD is a book that demands to be read by all.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 02, 2009 – With Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 21, 2009, four people—three survivors and one former Nazi youth leader—consider its impact on the direction of their postwar lives.A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young BoyThomas Buergenthal, foreword by Elie Wiesel. Little, Brown, (240p) Not many children who entered Auschwitz lived to tell the tale. The American judge at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Czechoslovakia-born Buergenthal, is one of the few. A 10-year-old inmate in August 1944 at Birkenau, Buergenthal was one of the death camp's youngest prisoners. He miraculously survived, thanks, among others, to a friendly kapo who made him an errand boy. Buergenthal's authentic, moving tale reveals that his lifelong commitment to human rights sprang from the ashes of Auschwitz. 16 b&w photos, 1 map.

Customer Reviews

A Lucky Child

I couldn't put the book down. It started out on a shallow slope and very soon escalated into a vertical free fall. The story of Thomas Buergenthal and his family is one I will not forget. The author stated he survived by shear "luck" but you cannot undermine his incredible determination and wisdom. Thank you Thomas for sharing your story.


Beth Orliss

A Lucky Child

After visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau I decided to purchase a few of the books recommended by our tour guide. A Lucky Child was one of them. If you read this book of survival, please add to your list "Hope is the Last to Die." Please remember the victims of the Holocaust and Dr. Buergenthal's quest to stop inhumane treatment. Thank you 'Tommy' for your survival and what you do!

Best Book I Have Read... EVER!

If you have not read this book please read it. I was captured from the first sentence. If you like great books.. This is a read for you! I loved it!

A Lucky Child
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 20, 2009
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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