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Survival : the story of a sixteen-year-old Jewish boy
Rosengarten, Israel J., 1926-
Uniform Title:
Overleven. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse [N.Y.] : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xviii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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DS135.B43 R6713 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The personal story of a teenage boy in the concentration camps of the Holocaust. It begins with his deportation in 1942 to the Belgium concentration camp of Breendonk at the age of 16 and follows his movements through a series of camps until 1945, concluding with the Auschwitz death march and his return to Belgium.

Author Notes

Israel J. Rosengarten became a successful businessman. For more than twenty years he has been involved as a fund raiser for the Jewish Appeal for Israel. He is also a committee member of the Society for Promoting the Dutch Language within the Jewish Community and was recently decorated by the King of Belgium for his contributions to the community.

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Booklist Review

Rosengarten, a Belgian Jew, was interned at the age of 16 in Nazi concentration camps for 994 days, beginning in 1942 when he was deported to the Belgium camp of Breendonk. Eventually he was sent to Buchenwald, where he was liberated on April 11, 1945, by the U.S. Army. Illustrated with many black-and-white photographs of the author's family, his narrative recounts their history: how they lived relatively quiet lives in small towns and how the coming of World War II changed their lives into a nightmare. In the camps Rosengarten was beaten, humiliated, tortured, starved, and plagued with lice and disease. He watched helplessly while other prisoners were drowned and hanged. He returned home to find that his parents and four brothers had been killed by the Nazis. A compelling and cogent memoir of Rosengarten's travail during the Holocaust. --George Cohen

Table of Contents

Professor Julien Klener
Illustrationsp. ix
From a Son for His Fatherp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Prologuep. 1
Breendonkp. 32
Mechelenp. 45
Saccraup. 48
Laurahuttep. 55
Bismarckhuttep. 77
Blechhammerp. 86
Blechhammer-Auschwitz IIIp. 130
Death Marchp. 167
Grossrosenp. 179
Buchenwaldp. 184
Liberationp. 200
Epiloguep. 217