LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS: from Nazi Nightmare to American Dream

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Abbott Press, Apr 19, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 370 pages
In his highly readable, educational and inspiring memoir, Holocaust Survivor Ben Lesser’s warm, grandfatherly tone invites the reader to do more than just visit a time when the world went mad. He also shows how this madness came to be—and the lessons that the world still needs to learn. In this true story, the reader will see how an ordinary human being—an innocent child—not only survived the Nazi Nightmare, but achieved the American Dream.
 

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While this is still as horrific as any tale about the Holocaust, Lesser's style is very readable, and even humorous in spots, making it a very approachable read for all ages. Read full review

Contents

1 DEAR READER
2
DEAR MAMMIKO TATTIKO
8
3 THE NIGHTMARE AND THE DREAM
12
4 WHATS IN A NAME?
16
THE EARLY YEARS
20
6 HOW COULD THE HOLOCAUST HAPPEN?
34
7 SUMMERS IN MUNKÁCS
44
AUTUMN IN KRAKÓW
50
24 LIFE IN POSTWAR GERMANY
168
25 LEAVING THE OLD WORLD
176
The American Dream
180
AMERICA
182
27 TRUE LOVE
198
28 ACHIEVING THE AMERICAN DREAM
204
29 A NEW CAREER
222
30 AN AMERICAN CITIZEN
228

THE GERMANS OCCUPY POLAND
56
ESCAPE FROM KRAKÓW
66
ESCAPE FROM NIEPOLOMICE
74
12 A MODERNDAY QUEEN ESTHER
86
13 ESCAPE FROM BOCHNIA
94
14 A HAPPY MUNKÁCS REUNION
98
THE NAZIS INVADE HUNGARY
104
16 AUSCHWITZBIRKENAU DURNHAU
110
17 THE DEATH MARCH
130
18 THE DEATH TRAIN TO DACHAU
134
LIBERATION
138
Survivor
142
20 HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR
144
21 A PURIM IN JULY
148
21 THE CHALUTZIM
152
23 A JOYOUS REUNION
162
30 AMERICAN ADVENTURES
234
32 BEN LESSER AND ASSOCIATES
248
Zachor
260
32 RETIREMENT AND A NEW CHALLENGE
262
TRANSPORTED TO THE PAST
268
ZACHOR
280
36 THE MARCH OF THE LIVING2010
290
DEAR MAMMIKO AND TATTIKO
296
38 DEAR READER
298
APPENDIX
302
TIMELINE
320
READERS AND DISCUSSION GUIDE
330
A THANK YOU TO MOTL2010
338
ABOUT LOLA
344
RESOURCES
346
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