by Roman Halter
Roman Halter is an optimistic and boisterous schoolboy in 1939 when he and his family gather behind net curtains to watch the Volksdeutsch neighbors of their small town in western Poland greeting the arrival of Hitler's armies with kisses and swastika flags. Within days, the family home has been seized, 12 year old Roman becomes a slave of the local SS chief, and, returnin...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published September 13th 2007 by Granta UK
(first published January 2007)
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Harrowing story about a Jewish boy in Poland during the second World War. It is truly amazing that he survived the cruelty of the SS-chief, the Lodz ghetto, concentration camps and bombings and still managed to get back home to Chodecz in one piece. Unfortunately no other family members survived.
Aug 08, 2009 Meaghan rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This memoir is unusual because it spends as much time on Roman's prewar childhood and his postwar wanderings and search for his family as it does on his experiences in the camps and ghettos. Beyond that, it doesn't really stand out from the legion of Holocaust memoirs.
A must read. His memory was amazing, the retelling is so real to me. And despite the huge amount of suffering and loss, the reader cant help but feel the optimism, and creativity, reflection and strength of this man. A movie should be made.