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

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

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By (author) Thomas Buergenthal, Foreword by Elie Wiesel

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 16 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316043397
  • ISBN 13: 9780316043397
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: , black & white illustrations, maps, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 222,617

Product description

Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life. Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A LUCKY CHILD is a book that demands to be read by all.

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Author information

Thomas Buergenthal served for more than ten years as the American judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague before returning to the United States in September 2010. He is a former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and former member of the UN Human Rights Committee, and was the 2014 recipient of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Elie Wiesel Award.

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""A Lucky Child" does not wallow in the horrors nor does it shirk the darkest events. It is a clear-headed account of Buergenthal's experiences and how they determined his life." ""The Sydney Morning Herald"""