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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Zvi is the biography of a man who, like his nation Israel, defies explanation apart from God. His story in the early stages is reminiscent of the Book of Esther in the Bible--God is not consciously represented, yet He is obviously present and at work.

One will recognize, as the story unfolds, that people and events touched Zvi's life at strategic points in ways that cannot

Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 31st 1978 by Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
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Rod Innis
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was truly a great book. It is the story of how a young boy from Poland survived the Second World War, made his way to Israel and became a tremendous witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. It is full of drama, intrigue, and bravery. I highly recommend it.
I'm rating this 3 starts because I don't have the heart to only give it 2. The first 1/3 of this book was amazing and I couldn't put it down...unfortunately after that the rest of the book pretty much was all about his experiences in various wars during the remainder of his life and it was so boring I nearly couldn't finish it. This man lives a great life and I'm glad his story was shared, but I feel like the last half droned on. ...more
Carol Riggs
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
A very thought-provoking, sobering biography. A friend of mine loaned it to me; I don’t usually read nonfiction. It’s the true story of a boy named Henryk Weichert (later renamed Zvi in the Hebrew) who survived the Holocaust in Poland during World War II. Because he had white-blond hair and didn’t look typically “Jewish,” his parents were able to place him in an orphanage when he was ten for his supposed safety before they and his younger sister were sent to the Warsaw Ghetto. After the orphanag ...more
Clayton Neighbors
Amazing story of a beautiful life. A mind shaped by survival through continuous hardship and uNbearable losses bring realization that it is not his ability or skill that has repeatedly delivered him through impossible odds. This Non-religious Jew begins to read the New Testament and finds new life in someone he wasn’t even looking for With the content itself being his only instruction he finds much more than many who have years of formal instruction. He finds purpose, perseverance, patience, and ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I learnt quite a lot from this book. I didn’t know a lot about what happened to Jews that hadn’t been taken to the Nazi camps and I didn’t realise the persecution that occurred after the war was over either. This was a well written account of a Jewish survivor of not only one war but also more in his beloved new land of Israel. He continued to suffer persecution when he became a Christian at the hands of his own people. I’m really glad it was given to me to read.
4 stars because of the extensive history lesson that is interwoven into the 2nd part of the book. For history buffs or for those trying to understand Israel's history post 1948 this is a must read. I loved the biographical account of Zvi's life. It is a page turner. Nothing like seeing God's deliverance of a young man and seeing him come to realize who did it. ...more
Susan Jackson
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To my shame, I had no idea how much struggle and warfare the Jewish people endured to retain and establish their own nation and national identity in the early days of their resettlement; and all this on the heels of the Holocaust. This book is worth the read.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favorites
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I prefer nonfiction and biographies. This book was spellbinding, esp. being a true story. You won't be disappointed! ...more
Jessica Carol
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pleasure
Highly recommend. A fascinating true-life account of survival in Poland during WWII and the formation of Israel as a nation from the eyes of a young soldier. Zvi had a truly remarkable life.
Amethyst Pen
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This booked made me cry, and encouraged me to look at things from a different perspective. A very well written book, and packed full of raw history.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zvi is the biography of a man that is a survivor of the Holocaust. The War found him and his family in 1939 in Warsaw at the age of 10. Although he is Jewish he has the coloring to pass as German so his mom decides it might help him survive by dropping him off at an orphanage. While he is at the orphanage his family and the rest of his Jewish neighbors are rounded up and sent to "live" in the ghettos. In less than five months 250,000 people of the Jewish faith from Warsaw will be killed.

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Marja Verschoor-Meijers
This is probably not the kind of book you "really like"... it is the true story of a Holocaust survivor, the story starts when Zvi is only 10 years old and is seperated from his parents, a gruesome life follows.
Although not eloquently written, the book is so full of facts and unbelievable events that you keep reading. It gives a lot of information on Jewish history, on the establishment of Israel and on military happenings over the years. A very interesting read. A must read for those who wish t
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writers of fiction would feel that a character such as Zvi would be stretching miracles too far. Surely, "indestructible" Jews did not exist during the Holocaust. As a young boy he survived, and as a man, he went on to work forty years defusing Arab mine fields! Later, after his soldier days, a miraculous recovery stunned physicians. He was not suppose to return to normal after being artificially resuscitated. Zvi's Creator writes factual, unbelievable biographies and laughs at
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Zvi is one of the best biographies I have ever read. Vivid pictures of his growing up in Poland, experiencing the holocaust as a child, being present at the rebirth of Israel and its subsequent wars, and coming to faith in and sharing Jesus Christ will hold their impression on me for a lifetime. Zvi is a "must read" for everyone. ...more
Gabi Sutton
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way this story ties together one man's experience of the holocaust and his life in Israel afterwards. I have a deeper appreciation for what the Jewish people have accomplished despite constant opposition and odds that are not in their favor. A great read- especially for anyone with an interest inthe modern history of the Middle East. ...more
David DeVowe
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible, encouraging record of God's hand in the life of Zvi. I have read this to the family multiple times and have followed Zvi's articles in 'Israel My Glory' magazine. Still enjoy the reprints of his witness since Zvi's death. A powerful book of the power of God in one man's life. ...more
Allen Baldwin
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Docudrama of inspiration and excellence

Inspiring nonfiction written to capture and hold heart and mind spellbound. Don't be afraid that it's"religious". The history is captivating and the characters are vivid.
Mike Matiscik
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating story. It is heart wrenching and up lifting. It is only 4 stars because the writing is simplistic; yet it makes for rapid reading. I appreciated how the big picture got presented for Israel becoming a nation. Yet when details were given the story still flowed fast.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing true tale of a man who's spent his entire life in and out of wars and his journey both physically and spiritually. ...more
Enjoyed this book very much but it has been a very long time since reading it. Planning on reading it again. A factual story
Shelby Stafford
The chapter entitled, "The Golden Calf" , was especially good. ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My second or third time reading this great biography. This book is fascinating in it's account of individual who survived the Holocaust and the birth of the nation of Israel. Highly recommended. ...more
Lee Anne
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opening is a captivating tale of a Polish boy & his survival during WWII. After his Arriving in Israel, his biography is interwoven with a good summary of the current-era history of the Jewish state.
Lori Nemitz
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Read between July & December 1984.

Original notes on book from 1984: Good book. Jewish.
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and Raw!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-books
A wonderful story showing how God truly watches over individuals, how to be an effective witness, and how much God still loves and cares for Israel.
Steven Henry
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I've read it twice - about to read it again soon, I hope :) ...more
Best book. Incredible boldness of a man who survived the Holocaust and found the Messiah through the birth of the nation of Israel.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent telling of the story of a survivor of the Holocaust and how God had His hand on him throughout WWII and the founding of the new nation Israel.
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