–Prof. Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, author of “Night”
“A powerful book… Reading the personal details has an impact you may not expect. No histrionics – just emotionally loaded facts. I know Dr. Lew Reznik and his eyes silently confirm the contents. I strongly suggest you read A Boy’s Holocaust.”
–Steve Reich, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition
As Lewis Reznik was a boy coming of age, Nazi killing squads were sweeping the Polish countryside, slaughtering Jews such as his father. Eventually his sister, grandmother and other relatives are killed as the Nazis continue their relentless search for Jews. Reznik and his family faced challenges and horrors in a ghetto the Germans created, then as they were forced to live off the land for almost two years after fleeing into the forest. Although the author repressed memories of these events for more than half a century, that does not diminish their power.
A Boy’s Holocaust, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is an inspiring tale that reveals the power of family bonds to hold fast even while facing unimaginable evil. As the author writes, “Surviving this dark era makes it possible for me to appreciate any joy or success life brings, no matter how infinitesimal or fleeting. Luck was on my side, but peace of mind continues to elude me.” Reznik’s loving description of his early days in a small, poor town and the charity shown to others contrasts sharply with the events that follow, such as the day the Nazis rounded up all the Jewish men in town and executed them.
Although many paid the ultimate price during the holocaust, the author also recounts moments of bravery. A Gentile man argues with a soldier that a young orphan be allowed to keep his few belongings in the ghetto. A mother being led to execution with her two children throws sand in the face of a Nazi soldier, which allows one son to escape. Farmers allow evacuees to stay in their barns and give them food. The author’s unforgettable journey ends with a trip to America and its promise of freedom and the chance to begin a new life.
The author, now a retired dentist, speaks to school and community groups about the lessons of the Holocaust and tutors boys preparing for the Bar Mitzvah. He earned his high school diploma at age 23 and received degrees from the University of Connecticut, Long Island University and Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. One of his daughters inspired him to write this book.
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