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Book Review: “Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter”

 If you’re looking for inspiration I recommend reading this book, “Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter”.

This is not just a story about the Holocaust.

It’s about the people who risked their own safety to defy hateful propaganda and save the lives of complete strangers.

It’s about a young boy who just barely evaded death at the hands of the Nazis.

It’s about Avrahams lifelong journey.

This book encompasses his journey to Palestine in helping to create a safe place for Jewish people in the newly founded Israel, following his passion for aerodynamics and creating a family in the USA.

Highlights in this book are his reunion many years later with the Beijers family who hid him in their home, his meeting with Albert Einstein while studying at Princeton, his disgust at the racism he found against blacks in the US, his long-awaited reunion back home and the success of him and his children.

The book includes a good amount of historical information which helps put the story in context. I recommend this book if you want to learn more about the Holocaust, the early days of Israels formation, and what it was like to not just survive, but thrive after such a painful time in history.  Grab your copy on L

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Book Review: “The Altered I: Memoir of Holocaust Survivor Joseph Kempler” by April Voytko Kempler

“The Altered I: Memoir of Holocaust Survivor Joseph Kempler” as told by April Voytko Kempler is  a story of perseverance, and human strength. Read this book and be inspired by an enduring spirit that found freedom so many never reached.

Joseph Kempler was just a boy when the German Nazi’s invaded Poland and stole his youth, and ripped apart his family. The reader is guided through a story of fear and tragedy, but also of hope. His teenage years were spent hiding from Nazi’s in the country with his parents, and once separated alone in ghettos, he worked in forced labor camps, and was eventually sent to a camp designed to work all who were imprisoned towards a quick death. Along the way he grew into an adult, saw death close up, met up with a cherished friend, and occasionally united with his older siblings.

Though his life was unnecessarily changed, his ability to survive and attempt to live when he could have easily given up or into hate is a story to share.  His experience shows the extent to which humanity can survive in conditions as deplorable, terrifying and long-lasting as those perpetuated by the Nazis.

Like most books about the holocaust, Joseph’s harrowing story is not for the faint of heart. I recommend it for mature readers who want to better understand this terrible genocide that so painfully brought a world to war.

I learned an interesting tidbit in this book about how Jehovah Witnesses were imprisoned for refusing to go along with Hitler’s genocide. They were imprisoned in camps next to Jewish people for that so-called crime. While they could have easily lied and played along as free as any other German, instead they stood their ground. I’m not a religious person, but I really admire those ethics just like Joseph did when he learned who they were and why they were imprisoned alongside him.

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