Remember Never To Forget: The Life Story of Israel Lior: The Story of Israel Lior

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Xlibris Corporation, Aug 5, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
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When Israel arrived in Auschwitz he had the number 87584 tattooed on his arm like an animal. Those days in the camp seemed like the end of the world, with the madness of death and hatred everywhere. It was easy to cross the line between good and bad, to forget mercy, friendship, and forgiveness in order to survive, to steal the last morsel of bread from a dying man. But Israel did none of that; he kept his human dignity, optimism, and hope. He never forgot that in him was a man of value and honor. When they were freed and the spirit of revenge came over others, made them drunk with hatred and wanted blood, Israel kept his spirit and soul. He went to Israel to follow his Zionist dream and start a family. He did not become a bitter man but looked at the world with optimism, always moving with hope. He carried the pain of his story in his heart in silence until the day came to tell his story. This is the story of a man who remained a man in spite of everything. This is Israel’s legacy.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
9
PREFACE
11
OUR TOWN
17
My fathers home
19
My mothers home
21
My parents
23
MY CHILDHOOD
27
The world outside town
31
HELL ON EARTH
81
Life in the hands of fortune
89
A hopeless life
96
The work in the mines
102
ON THE WAY TO FREEDOM
129
The death walks
130
The last lineup
132
Escape
134

The Beitar
33
The Zionist dream
36
My first job
38
THE OUTBREAK OF WAR
43
From a spoiled boy to a young man of responsibility
48
THE NAZI TERROR
55
Life in the ghetto
60
My fellow German officer
65
The concentration camp
70
The worst place of all
75
JOURNEY TO ISRAEL
145
Leaving Europe
146
Stations on our way
152
The realization of the dream
160
A NEW LIFE
163
Work in Mekorot
167
My children and grandchildren
168
EPILOGUE
171
POSTSCRIPT
175
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