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Was dir bleibt, ist dein Traum: Die Geschichte eines Überlebens

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Der 14-jährige Alexander muss nicht auf die Nummer schauen, die sie ihm in den Arm tätowiert haben – er weiß sie auswendig: A10567. Und er weiß, um Auschwitz zu überleben, muss er härter werden. Als ihm die Aufgabe zugeteilt wird, das neue Pferd des Kommandanten abzurichten, verbindet sich sein Schicksal mit dem des Pferdes. Alexander spürt, dass, obwohl das Pferd Angst ha ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by cbj (first published May 1st 2014)
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
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Alexander Altmann wasn't what I had expected. I assumed from the synopsis that the storyline was about being imprisoned by the Germans and concentrated on the appalling and cruel conditions. But I was pleasantly surprised. Alexander Altmann represents hope even in the darkest of conditions and the fight for life. Alexander's story was nothing short of heartbreaking, at only fourteen, he is taken into the adult male camp and kept in
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I was reluctant to read this at first, not because it didn’t sound good, but because I wasn’t sure if I could stomach it. It was such a horrible time in history and it breaks my heart when I think about it. But Suzy Zail has handled it perfectly. She has placed a human face on a tragic event and given us an in depth look at an individual’s experience. Alexander Altmann is based off of a real Auschwitz survivor, Fred, which I believe gave it a such a high level of authenticity.

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Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This poignant, well-written novel about 14-year old Jewish Alexander Antmann, Auschwitz prisoner A10567, is a valuable addition to young adult Holocaust fiction. The author acknowledged that the basis of her story is the testimony of Fred Steiner about his experience after the Nazis occupied Hungary in 1944 and deported the Jews to the concentration camps. The teenager knew that his sister had been gassed on arrival at Auschwitz, but had no information about the fate of his parents or extended f ...more
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Proprio così, ogni tanto esco dalla comfort zone dei romanzi rosa per staccare la testa e scelgo qualcosa di più forte, più vero. Più pregno di emozioni che con gli occhi a cuoricino e le lacrime di gioia hanno poco a che vedere. Succede spesso che la scelta ricada su qualcosa di relativo agli stermini che si sono verificati nella nostra storia. Sono dei momenti storici cruciali, di cui c’è sempre qualcosa da scoprire e che mi prendono un sacco. In realtà non so bene da
I appreciated the fact that this was based on a true story; and I enjoyed the book itself. However, it didn't blow me away - the description and characters didn't whack me in the face with the horror of Auschwitz. I got a little confused at the end - it just seemed to sort of ... stop?? And not in an artsy, clever way, more in a Quick-I-Have-To-Finish way. Additionally, some things weren't fully resolved and the writing was rather difficult to keep up with at times.

There were some things I appre
Catherine Cavanagh
For an insight into concentration camp life during World War 2, it is a very good read. As I was reading it my memory went back to Solzhenitsyn's 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich'. Of course, that's an adult novel and 'Alexander Altmann A10567' is for teenagers and definitely not in the same literary league.
The big question for me is whether this is a book I would give a teenager to read. Adults, as seen in the reviews, love it. I don't know whether teenagers would. I think you could onl
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Blubbering mess on the floor*
This isn't a cruel holocaust book where you love every character and they all die, I'm just not very good at handling emotions...
I loved the main character straight from the start because he's REAL! He goes into Auschwitz with a set mind to be completely cut off from his emotions ( if I was him I would do the same thing, but let's face it I would probably be dead in the first 2:00 minutes) but softens up just a smidge when he looks after the commanders horse, I love
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A10567: è ancora giovanissimo Alexander Altmann, ma non ha bisogno di guardare il numero tatuato sul suo braccio, lo conosce a memoria. Sa anche che per sopravvivere ad Auschwitz, dovrebbe irrobustirsi, ma è difficile in quell’inferno.
Ogni giorno deve assistere a umiliazioni, violenze e soprusi indicibili. Ma Alexander ha imparato subito che per non morire bisogna essere forti e duri soprattutto nel cuore. Quando però gli viene affidato il compito di domare il nuovo cavallo del comandante di Au
Maria Longley
I think this is the book I read... My copy is called "Saving Midnight" with a prominent horse face on the cover. (As a non-horsey person I think I would've been more likely to pick up the other copy as I did nearly put this book back on the shelf.) And yes this is a book about horses. But also so, so much more.

This book sheds light onto one aspect of the Auschwitz experience and the Jews who looked after the horses through the eyes of teenager Alexander who is given the task of looking after a p
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Wow. What an amazing read. Heart wrenching, heart warming and one of a kind. Zail approaches the horrors of the Holocaust in a way that hasn't been done before. With tenderness, truth and compassion. With a boy and his love for horses.

I love that even though this book clearly depicts the brutality suffered, it isn't the soul focus of the book. We see Alexander grow from a scared and angry little boy, to a kind, generous and strong man.

Amazingly well written, this book won't let you go until the
Loren Johnson
I’m honestly not in the least bit surprised that I loved this as much as I did. Suzy Zail has done it again! I enjoyed this novel tremendously. Maybe “The Wrong Boy” was a bit better (probably because it’s from a female perspective and I could relate more to a music student than an equestrian) but this book was a marvel. It had me gripped from the get go and was filled with an array of thought provoking topics. I’m so glad I picked it up, proud that a fellow Aussie wrote this!
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book that can make aware of the horrible things that happened during holocaust, but I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers or readers who have no background knowledge.
It was a touching story that was researched good, but unfortunately the german translations got lost sometimes so words didn't make a lot of sense.

Still a great book that raises awareness and opens eyes, so that such a cruel thing can never happen again!
Andra Krumins
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calmly written. No bombastic interludes detract from the very real tale.
Every horse-focused kid and young adult should read this. (Ought to be in every library).
A touching story of the relationships we all wish to build with our animals, while a truly great way of opening windows/eyes to that brutal piece of history humanity must never repeat.
Dimanthi A.
I luv that it was based on a true story, but if you want a really good holocoast story I recommend Within These Walls ...more
Alana Llama
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A tragic yet inspiring story that made me cry! I Absolutely loved the book and I would definitely recommend it.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book, didn’t want it To end!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book especially for horsey people....very moving.
Carolyn Scarcella
A great horse hero. Amazing story. He survived because of that horse who saved him. I’ve enjoyed this book
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With its young protagonist, Alexander Altmann A10567 reminded me a little of John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, though Alexander, a 14-year-old Jewish inmate of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is older, tougher and much more aware than Bruno, the spoilt eight-year-old son of a Nazi extermination camp commandant, who has a very limited idea of what the ‘farm’ he can glimpse actually is and who its ‘pyjama’-wearing occupants are. And where Boyne’s book is subtitled ‘a fable’, Suzy Zail’s novel was i ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourteen year old Alexander Altmann has lost everything – his home, his horses, his family, his name… It is World War Two, and Alexander is a Jewish inmate at Auschwitz. In order to survive, he puts his hand up for a job in the stables, but when he is asked to break in the commander’s horse – an seemingly impossible task – his life and that of the horse’s are in danger if he doesn’t succeed.

Suzy Zail has crafted a gripping tale of survival in the wost of circumstances, and reveals that kindness
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I do believe that the book overall was extremely clique and boring. I have read quite a large number of World War II stories whether they be real or not. I found this book in particular to be too similar to many that I read and found it extremely boring, considering some others I've read. There was really nothing different or creative in this book than other war stories. I appreciate the writing and the real life experience the novel is based around. However, I did really think the end was touch ...more
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Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il bambino di Auschwitz, ispirato a una storia vera, si rivela un romanzo emozionante e coinvolgente. Alexander Altmann è ancora un ragazzo quando viene portato al campo di concentramento di Auschwitz, la rappresentazione dell’inferno sulla terra, dove solo i più forti sopravvivono, mentre per i deboli non c’è scampo. A10567, il numero seriale tatuato sul braccio, diventa il suo nuovo nome.

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Linda Weeks
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I read Alexander Altman A10567, I recalled Suzy Zail’s earlier book the Wrong Boy – and it made sense that this book should follow. It made even more sense, when I read an interview where she spoke of wanting to tell her father’s story of surviving Auschwitz.

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Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My edition was in English entitled Saving Midnight. A young Jewish boy from a farm family who had horses volunteers for the horse platoon in Auschwitz. Page turning horror as other prisoners are starved, beaten or a hot.
Sandi Faulconbridge
Well written. Gritty but not so graphic as to scar those readers wanting to read about the Holocaust but not ready for the 'full story'.
A gripping tale that I didn't want to put down. Liked that it had a (semi) positive outcome.
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it, but then it added so much more when upon reaching the end, I learned that it was inspired by a true story, and some of the instances I thought were a bit out of character actually happened.

Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of Holacaust fiction now, & I didn't engage with this one as much as others. Nevertheless the desperation of the main character & his fellow prisoners does strike at your heart. Another sad tale. ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch, 2017
Das erste Buch der Autorin hat mir besser gefallen, vor allem hat es mich viel mehr berührt.
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Suzy Zail was born in 1966 in Melbourne, and has worked as a solicitor specialising in litigation. After the birth of her first child, Suzy left the law to concentrate on writing. Suzy has written for magazines, and is the author of award-winning children’s books. Her children’s fiction has been published in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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