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How dark the heavens : 1400 days in the grip of Nazi terror
Iwens, Sidney, 1924-
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New York : Shengold Publishers, [1990]

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291 pages : maps ; 24 cm
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DS135.R95 I945 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In an effort to record his experiences after World War II, Sidney Iwens made notations on scraps of paper of his 1,400 days of deprivation at the hands of the Nazis--a crude sort of diary. The notes were lost in July 1944 when he arrived at the concentration camp Stutthoff near Danzig (now Gdansk), but he was able to recall the events after his liberation in 1945. The diary of this Lithuanian Jew from the town of Jonava begins on June 22, 1941, when Germany launched its attack on the Soviet Union. It ends on April 30, 1945, when U.S. soldiers liberated Iwens in one of Dachau's subcamps near Munich. In between were months of horror, fear, sickness, hunger, beatings, and narrow escapes (either through scheming or through luck). For a time he posed as a skilled worker to stay alive; another time he fled to the partisans. At any rate, he miraculously survived to tell this remarkable story. ~--George Cohen