ABOUT BY MY MOTHER'S HAND
Tracing Roots to Poland Circa 1930
The narrative begins with Henry recalling his family life in pre-war Poland. He tells of traditional Jewish festivals, a strict upbringing and memories of his family. Life is difficult but peaceful.
The Nazis Occupy Europe
The book then details Henry’s transfers among the Nazi’s labor and death camps, narrowly avoiding death several times. He is separated from his parents and becomes the lone survivor of his entire family.
Recovery and Starting a New Life
The denouement tells of Henry’s liberation, his marriage to Hela in Hanover and fighting for Israel’s independence in 1948. The book also includes the retelling of Hela’s harrowing story of survival.
Because his mother pushed him forward in a line, Henry survived the Holocaust. Of course this depended upon many more things, such as his own resourcefulness, ability to make friends, and a myriad of other factors, but that push from his mother gave him his reason to keep going. Although he only weighed 70 lbs at liberation, he went on to a sturdy future, a loving marriage, and many grandchildren. Another great Holocaust survivor memoir.
This wonderful man, like millions of others, has survived such horrors, indifference, cruelty, hate, and injustice it took him to the edge of death, but he was strong in the desire for living and GOD was with him.
We must listen to him and all the other survivors so we can remember and speak up against antisemitism.
I have read numerous books that are written by camp survivors or Holocaust survivors. I am just blown away with the horrible things that these people endure. Every page of Henry’s book leaves me with so much anticipation of how much more can his body stand. God Bless you Henry for writing your story and for making speeches so this horrible history will not be repeated again.