A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

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Profile, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
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At the age of seven Thomas Buergenthal was imprisoned in Nazi ghettos and camps, being rescued by Soviet and Polish troops when he was eleven. Separated from his parents in Auschwitz and surviving the 'Death March' of 1945 he was miraculously reunited with his mother a year and a half later. The rest of his family and almost all of his friends were killed.After experiencing the turmoil of Europe's post-war years - from the Battle of Berlin, to a Jewish orphanage in Poland - Buergenthal went to America in the 1950s at the age of seventeen. He eventually became one of the world's leading experts on international law and human rights. His story of survival and his determination to use law and justice to prevent further genocide is an epic journey through 20th Century history.Buergenthal gives his perspective - as a child - on life in the camps. And, uniquely, he shows how his past has informed his understanding of the modern day war-crimes he sees as a judge. His book is both a special historical document and a great literary achievement, comparable only to Primo Levi's masterpieces.

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Summary: From Amazon.com "Not many children who entered Auschwitz lived to tell the tale. The American judge at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Czechoslovakia-born Buergenthal, is one ... Read full review

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Now a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Thomas Buergenthal and his parents were forced into a Jewish Ghetto when he was almost six. From there, they went to Auschwitz, where ... Read full review

Contents

From Lubochna to Poland i
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Katowice
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The Ghetto of Kielce
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Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Thomas Buergenthal is a leading law scholar with a doctorate from Harvard Law School. After taking up various appointments at Law faculties throughout the US he became the first US judge and later President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and a member of the UN Human Rights Committee before joining the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In 2008 he was awarded the Justice Prize by The Gruber Foundation. He is the author of more than a dozen books on international law and is the subject of a biography entitled Tommy by Norwegian humanitarian and founder of UNICEF Odd Nansen.

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