Defy the Darkness: A Tale of Courage in the Shadow of Mengele

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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This is the story of a young man caught in the whirlwind of the Holocaust, who survives a chain of events so harrowing they almost defy belief. As a boy, Joe Rosenblum watches as the Nazi overlords tighten their grip on his small Polish town. Narrowly escaping mass executions that take his own brother, Rosenblum is first sheltered by a local Gentile family, then takes refuge with Russian partisans. Once captured by the Germans, he begins a journey through three concentration camps--Majdanek, Auschwitz, and Dachau.

Living by his wits, a courier for the camp underground, Rosenblum is able to help other prisoners, and even to save children selected for the gas chambers. Eventually he finds himself working for the infamous Dr. Mengele. In a bizarre twist of fate, the Angel of Death is persuaded to perform life-saving surgery on Rosenblum--perhaps making him the only Jew to be saved by the deadly doctor's skills.

A remarkable man who danced on the razor's edge of history, Rosenblum did not merely survive the Holocaust, but rose above it by radiating hope and humanity--by defying the darkness.

 

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In broad outlines, Rosenblum's story is a familiar one to readers of Holocaust memoirs: he went from a Polish ghetto to a concentration camp and on to liberationDthe only one of his immediate family ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
vii
Acknowledgments
xiii
Mothers Trees Stand Naked
3
Signs of Danger
17
The Christian Disguise
33
Revenge Denied
49
The Noose Tightens
61
Very Bad News
73
The FiftyDollar Break
155
Healing by Butter Knife
173
A Happy Delivery Man
187
Mengele Saves a Life
197
Death and a Job Switch
205
On the Ramp
215
Hangman
233
Trapped in Concrete
245

Compassion Rewarded
81
Captured
97
Fall of the Jewish Police
107
Snatched and Shipped
117
Construction for Destruction
137
Hoodwinking the Death Merchants
147
Sabotage and Glue
255
Death on the March
269
Freedom for What?
279
Epilogue
289
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Page x - The prisoner who had lost faith in the future — his future — was doomed. With his loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and became subject to mental and physical decay.

About the author (2001)

JOE ROSENBLUM was born in Miedzyrzec, Poland, a town slowly strangled to death by the Nazis./e Though Joe lost most of his family in the Holocaust, he saved numerous other people as well as himself through almost unflagging optimism, luck and ingenuity. He endured three death camps and a death march. After being liberated, Joe worked in Germany for a couple of years before immigrating to the United States, where he has flourished in the building and painting business. Joe remains in contact with several of the people mentioned in this book and continues to run several family businesses.

DAVID KOHN is a freelance writer who has been in the writing business for 25 years./e He has worked in various capacities on several books. As a versatile co-author, ghostwriter, and editor, David has worked on book topics ranging from medicine to magic to memoirs.

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