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A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
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May 27, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2011

A Holocaust memoir written by a man who went on to serve as the American judge on the International Court of Justice in the Hague. The author states that he put off writing his memoir until late in life because he could not have written it at any other age without the story being overshadowed by his own pain and anger.

To read the story of a extremely young man's survival against overwhelming odds from the perspective of an over 70-year-old judge in a court dealing with terrible human rights abuses is fascinating. His empathy for everyone in his story, even his captors, is breathtaking. The story is gripping throughout, and in the epilogue, Buergenthal recounts his experiences as a judge and his process of coming to terms with his experience of the Holocaust. Absolutely recommended.

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