From the Hell of the Holocaust: A Survivor's Story
From The Hell of the Holocaust is an extraordinary autobiographical narrative of survival during the Holocaust. The tale is made even more compelling by the highly unusual circumstance that the author and his wife, though separated during the war, both managed to survive and, once reunited, were able to take up their lives together, raising a family and finding success and security in a new country. Eugene Hollander was born and raised in a family that was both prosperous and religiously observant. Soon after Hungary entered the war as an ally of Germany, Hollander, like most other young Jewish men, was drafted into an army labor battalion. Although he was able to escape to Budapest and rejoin his wife for a time, worse awaited the Hollanders when the Hungarian fascists began deporting Jews to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. Hollander vividly describes the psychic and physical suffering, pervasive terror, and irrational brutality of life in Nazi work camps. He regained his freedom after the war and was reunited again with his wife in Budapest, where he began a career as a businessman. Eventually they came to the United States. Eugene Hollander's story is a powerful human document and a testimonial to the courage and vision of the human spirit. Both scholars and ordinary readers will find it fascinating and valuable.
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