Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs: A Candle and a Promise Kindle Edition by Deborah Donnelly (Amsterdam Publishers)
This was a well written book about a very terrible time in modern history. Though there are some that say the Holocust never happended this book belies that point. It is written by the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who is now in his 90's but with a wonderful memory of what he went through as a Holocaust victim. Hank describes vividly the inhumane treatment of himself and his fellow prisoners at the hands of the Germansand others from Poland, the Ukraine and other countries under Hitler. It is a vivid reminder of what can happen when lies become truth in the hands of a dictator who mesmerized the people in some parts of Europe who were looking for a scapegoat o which to blame all their problems. Hitler wanted a pure Aryan race who were perfect, no Jews, disabled, homosexuals, or anyone else who disagreed and spoke up about what he was doing. Thank goodness people survived the Holocaust to tell their stories and that their is the Holocaust Museum to document the atrocities.
The Troubling but ultimately Triumphant Memoirs of Holocaust Survivor Hank Brodt
A story of resilience, Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs - A Candle and a Promise makes the memories of Holocaust survivor Hank Brodt come alive. It offers a detailed historical account of being a Jewish teenager under the Nazi regime, shedding light on sickening truths in an honest, matter-of-fact way.
Hank Brodt lived through one of the darkest periods of human history and survived the devastation of World War II. Born in 1925 into a poor family in Boryslaw (Poland), he was placed in a Jewish orphanage. Losing his family when the Germans invaded Poland, he waged a daily battle to survive. Moving from forced labor camps to concentration camps, one of which features in Schindler’s List, his world behind the barbed wire consisted of quiet resistance, invisible tears and silent cries for years on end.
This story of survival includes rare photographs from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that powerfully illustrate these intimate and shocking memoirs. One recently discovered picture shows Hank Brodt in prison uniform removing the dead on carts at the liberated Ebensee concentration camp on May 7, 1945.
It is hard to believe that someone who endured such horrific events could go on to live a life of gratitude. Through his unwavering compassion towards others, Hank Brodt managed to keep his humanity and find a way to move forward. After the Second World War, Hank Brodt testified at the trial of Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth in Dachau, Germany. He has joined the March of the Living since 2006, walking from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom Hashoah to pay tribute to the millions that died. Lighting the candle, he made a promise to himself to always answer the call to talk.