The Search

The Search : The Birkenau Boys

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Having thought himself to be the sole survivor of the group of eighty-nine boys assigned to Auschwitz-Birkenau Men's Camp B II D in 1944, Gerhard Durlacher was stunned to discover that he was not alone. He sets off to track down his fellow survivors and find out why such a relatively large percentage of them survived. A remarkable and unique document, The Search ends in a reunion of the "Birkenau boys" in Israel in May 1990 where they finally unravel the mystery surrounding their selection and subsequent survival. The tragic truth is crueller than any of them could have imagined.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 13mm | 150g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1852425407
  • 9781852425401

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?The longing to forget and the duty to remember: these are the haunting themes of Durlacher's search for the past, and those who shared in its horrors. In North America and Israel he tracks down the men who were boys when he saw them last as fellow prisoners in the Nazi camps. The attempt, nearly forty years later, to make sense of the inexplicable, to reconcile himself to the unspeakable, makes for a painful journey, but one he bravely undertakes as an act of exorcism and self-healing. Joining him on his search, we admire his special insights as a chronicler and his compassion as a man. The past, however terrible, has failed to crush him or those who suffered alongside him. In this he offers us a victory of the human spirit? Theo Richmond, author of Konin: A Quest
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About Gerhard Durlacher

Gerhard Durlacher was born in Germany in 1928. As a child, he fled with his family to Holland, from where he was taken to a concentration camp. After the war, he returned to Holland, where he taught sociology at the University of Amsterdam for many years. Like the writings of Primo Levi, his work constitutes an essential reflection on the Holocaust. He died in 1998.
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4 19% (5)
3 26% (7)
2 7% (2)
1 4% (1)
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