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Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir

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Because of Romek is a nonfiction, autobiographical narrative about the experiences of a teenager during the Holocaust of World War II. This is the riveting, true story of a young boy's survival in the face of Nazi atrocities.

In the mid-1960s, the German government contacted David Faber to testify against Nazi war criminals. Until then, he did not know that his older broth

Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Vincent Press Publishing (first published November 28th 1990)
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Dec 02, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
I was lucky enough to borrow a signed copy of this book from a co-worker whose daughter had heard David Faber speak at her school. Never in my life have I had to stop reading a book multiple times because it was too intense or emotionally difficult to get through until I read this book. One of the most detailed and horrific accounts of one boy's experience in not only nine different concentration camps, but also his experiences in the ghetto before, and what tragic things happened out on the ...more
Oct 18, 2008 Cam added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I decided to read this book since I am very drawn to personal accounts of the holocaust. Wow, this book was sad, what an injustice! I can't believe how these people were treated. I was able to learn more about some of the other camps as he was only in Auschwitz for a short time. A very sad account, but I also appreciate the acts of kindess that were pointed out in the book, it's reassuring to see some good in the midst of so much evil.
I have one small complaint about the book, during each chapte
Feb 17, 2012 Carrie rated it it was amazing
How have I not added this to my read list already?! David Faber came to my high school when I was in 11th grade. He told us about his childhood and life story in the camps, ghetto, and during the Holocaust. I specifically remember that at one point he had to stop to take a break and drink water. He was so upset (after telling us most of his story) that he shook as he drank his water, so much that he couldn't actually sip from the bottle. I remember crying as well and then deciding to spend my ...more
Casey Stocker
Because of Romek is a memoir written by Holocaust survivor, David Faber. David wrote the book about his brother Romek. The young David Faber survived the horrors of the Holocaust because of Romek and a promise he had made. Romek, is part of the Jewish Resist, he was killed and tortured in front of his younger brother. The promise David made was to his mother, he promised her he’d “stay alive.” He fulfilled that promise, and this book tells us how. With great support and optimism, David Faber ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Rebekah rated it it was amazing
11,000,000 to 17,000,000 people were murdered in cold blood. Why??? Hate is the answer to so many deaths from 1933-1945 in Europe. Forced work, the smell of death, ink involuntarily engraved into their arms, food that doesn't look or taste like food, acid pools, swamped cattle cars with no windows, and beatings. The suffering was insane, crazy, and ridiculous. This is all unimaginable to most of us except the few who survived this hell. David Faber is one of these survivors.
David Faber at the
Karina Hernandez
Because of Romek is a true story about the Holocaust, written from the main character's perspective, David Faber. He starts out the book as a thirteen year old boy, and ends it as an eighteen year old young adult. The book is a documentation of his life in and out of nine different concentration camps in Germany. David watched his whole entire family die before his very eyes, and was left to survive on his own. However, before they passed, he made a promise to them that he would live long enough ...more
Sonia A
Sep 16, 2014 Sonia A rated it it was amazing
An absolutely moving & touching non-fiction account of the life of David, a young victim of the Jewish Holocaust during WWII. I have read many Holocaust survivor books, yet none has affected me as much as Because of Romek. It's raw & does not spare details. This is a must read, especially for the youth in school. I believe it is a required read in some schools as it very well should be for we should all be educated about this dark period of history. I highly recommend this book.
May 01, 2015 Camryn rated it it was amazing
Overall, this book was really good. It was hard to read, but I still enjoyed it. Some of the parts in this book were really hard to read. It really effected the way I see the Holocaust. I knew the Holocaust was bad, but I didn't know it was this bad. This book was really good, and I didn't want to put it down but I had to. Overall, this book was an amazing story and I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes history.
Morgan Telatnik
May 01, 2015 Morgan Telatnik rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I liked how it have you an inside on what the Holocaust really was like and how horrible it was. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I really liked how David Faber, the main character and author used a lot of imagery to make it seem like you were there and to feel their pain. I would highly recommend reading this book, it really opened my eyes up to what it was like.
This is a horrific account of Faber's experience in 9 different labor and death camps. I do not know how he survived. I would have liked to hear more about how he met his first and second wives and how he has dealt with PTSD. I was so sad for him, his family, and all of those who went through the horrors of the Holocaust. May it never be repeated - anywhere. This account is as sad as Wiesel's Night.
Jorge Navarro
Nov 02, 2012 Jorge Navarro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3. I just finished the book and at the end He was sent to a concentration camped for some years and later on he then was saved by the Americans coming to try to end the war.

5.I honestly had to stop and think about things because of all the old sayings and terms that they used but luckily sometimes it had a foot note sometimes or else i wouldn't be able to understand it.

13. Not at all because i am Mexican and they speak differently and do things differently.
Owen Fodness
May 01, 2015 Owen Fodness rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book but be very cautious when reading it.This book is very gruesome but at the same time it is an awesome thing, it is an awesome book it gives you a bigger view on world war 2 and everything they went to.
Alexander Campbell
The best book I have ever read! The book always left you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. It is truly an emotional roller coaster!
Student Jakob
May 01, 2015 Student Jakob rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good! It always kept me on the edge of my seat. It taught me new things about the holocaust I never knew. I would totally recommend this book!
Debbie Ryan
Feb 11, 2014 Debbie Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible story of strength...David Faber survived one situation after another. I could not put it down!
Trenton Casey
Oct 05, 2011 Trenton Casey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-book
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May 30, 2013 Tania Luna-dealva rated it it was amazing
What do you like about the book and why? Why could have been better?
The book was truly inspiring and empowering. I liked that David found the power within himself to live I highly aired that of him he stayed strong when no one else could and found a reason to live an survive the Holocaust. I do wish that the book wasn't true. The way he had to watch his family die was horrific and I just wish it had been easier on him because he was son young when everything happened.

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Nov 02, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because of Romek a boy who survived the Holocaust. There's no way you can deny reading a book based on someone who was actually there to experience the torment people went through and survived several camps. I finished this book in a matter of two or three days only because I couldn't put it down. It's hard thinking of all the work he put it to stay alive I couldn't possibly live through something like that.

This story is being told by a boy named David Faber. He begins the story talking about h
Justin Liang
Apr 08, 2013 Justin Liang rated it it was amazing
Because of Romek by David Faber is an autobiography about the experiences of a teenager during the Holocaust. It talks about his struggles throughout the Holocaust and the experiences he had faced. In the mid-1960s, the German government contacted David Faber to testify against Nazi war criminals. He didn’t know that his brother, Romek, was being tortured to death by Nazis, had been involved in a Polish Underground plot to prevent the Nazis’ from making an atomic bomb. David Faber witnessed many ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any one who would like to lean about the holcaust
The book Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir is an autobiography by David Faber. About as a teenager doing the Holocaust of World War 2.It starts with out with David in the 60's getting message from the Germans to help with convicting Nazis. when he finally agrees he find out his brother help the polish with to try to stop the Nazis to stop them from getting the atomic bomb. which brings him memory of him moving from town to town and the Nazis killing his family and him going to ...more
Elizabeth Gardner Johnson
Evil. Corruption. Rancor. Torture. I am never shocked or surprised at the level of depravity practiced by mankind. That being said, it doesn't make it any easier to read about. David Faber was a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy living in Poland at the time the Germans invaded in 1939. His experiences in the next few years would lead him to witness the murder of literally thousands of Jews, including his family members; daily torture; starvation; and difficulty adjusting to life after being in the ...more
Jun 08, 2011 Alexis added it
This book is a book about a man named David Faber and his experience during the holocaust when he was only a teenager. He experiences horrible tragedies through out the book and describes what it was like to live through the Holocaust. He describes the terror under the German's rule over all Jews. I thought that this book was the most amazing book and really puts you into the shoes of what actually happened. Reading about an actual survivor is way better then just researching about it, I ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Traci rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
This was really a difficult read, as most Holocaust memoirs are. There were several moments when I needed to just put the book down and not read it for the rest of the day. Every Holocaust memoir I read, I can't believe the things that these people went through a survived. This one I was especially left with that feeling. When you consider how many different camps he was sent to, the various injuries and sicknesses he suffered, it's amazing that he survived. He also briefly talks about his life ...more
Jun 15, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for an accurate and unemotional account of the Holocaust
Shelves: history, memoir
This was a very easy to read yet detailed account of the Holocaust. David Faber deserves an A+ for his ability to remember even the finest details of his life. "Because of Romek" is a very accessible way to learn an insider perspective of this atrocity. However, despite his ability to recollect so much, the story never really comes alive. While reading, I felt cold and distant from the happenings. Never once did I really embody the character. Perhaps we are experiencing Faber's own numbness ...more
Lynn Travioli
Oct 04, 2013 Lynn Travioli rated it it was amazing
For any of you that have read Ruth Minsky Sender's books, Because of Romek is a good addition to your library. David Faber's memoirs are an important documentation of what happened to millions during the Holocaust. He was witness to the atrocities the human race is capable of inflicting onto others. It is important to now and then to read a book that pushes us out of our comfort zone and look at the world around us. What do we see? What are we NOT seeing? And . . . . what can we do to help make ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
sincerely... this book changed me. not in a huge way... but just a little, just enough, rather. it opened my eyes more... i understood the pain, suffering, loss, horror, achievements, and the personal turmoil of the holocaust to an extent i'd never imagined......... if you wanna SERIOUSLY hate some nazis for a week or so.. hit me up! ill letcha borrow my copy(:
it might not have the same impact on you as it did on me in sixth grade... but it'll definitely have SOME impact.. and thats all that mat
May 23, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Incredibly haunting story of David Faber's struggle during the war. He lost everything, and barely made it out of the concentration camp alive.

Mr. Faber was one of the people Mrs. Rogoff brought into our 8th grade class when we were studying the war and the lasting effects on the survivors. I remember Mr. Faber answering our questions with unwavering honesty, showing us his tattoo on his forearm, and reliving some of his stories for the benefit of those who had not yet read his novel.

This was a
Oct 28, 2011 James rated it liked it
This book took me longer to read than many of the other SHoah related books I have read, but it is a testimony about tragedy and a young Jewish boy in Poland who survives it all--the loss of his entire family--right in front of him; and enlavement and torture in several death/concentration camps; and his survival up til liberation, and how he tried to rebuild his life after the war--his oldest sister had left Poland for France, Switzerland, and then England before the war, and his relationship ...more
Brianna Brosnan
Jun 11, 2012 Brianna Brosnan rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing read. It is a true story in the perspective of a young boy; David Faber. It is his perspective of the Holocaust, from age 13 to the end of the Holocaust when he was liberated at 18 years of age. It is a haunting, yet fascinating story. I had the privilege & honor to hear Mr. Faber speak & retell his story. It was depressing, & I will admit that I had cried. This man is the face of honor & courage. If you are interested in the Holocaust, this is definitely ...more
May 03, 2012 Janice rated it it was amazing
My mom and step-dad met David Faber and had a chance to visit with him. They recommended this book to me and I eagerly read it, since I love books written by Holocaust survivors. I love the strength of ordinary people who survive against all odds and show that not even the worst of circumstances can stop a simple person from declaring triumph over evil. David Faber's story of his childhood is brutal and sad, but out of the horror, he still managed to emerge with the heart of a kind and loving ...more
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