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Between My Father and the Old Fool: A Holocaust Memoir
He could save his life and lose his soul. Or he could save his soul and lose his life. This is but one of the many challenges that confronted Maier Cahan, a young man with phenomenal courage and quick wits. And it's just part of his great and exciting story, retold here in a can't-put-down book that reads like a novel - but it really happened. It is a story of danger and s ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Mesorah Publications, Limited
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Oct 10, 2010 Kressel Housman rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the best Holocaust memoirs I've ever read. Part of it is because it's written like a novel, ie with more dialogue than description, but mainly it's because the focus is on keeping the mitzvos in the worst of circumstances. The writings of Primo Levi, in contrast, don't a fraction of the hope. (I believe Primo Levi killed himself decades after the war.) Maier Cahan, in his efforts to put on tefillin on the sly and daven Shacharis on his way to the bitterest of hard labors is an abs ...more