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978-0-7618-3571-4 • Paperback • February 2007 • $49.99 • (£38.00)
978-1-4616-2627-5 • eBook • February 2007 • $47.00 • (£34.00)
Martin Schiller is an electrical engineer specializing in air pollution control. Arriving in the United States in 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy and earned his engineering degree from the University of New Haven. He lives with his wife in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Chapter 1 An Abbreviated Childhood
Chapter 2 The Rapid Ascent to Adulthood
Chapter 3 Introduction to Hell
Chapter 4 A Muted Welcome
Chapter 5 The Train Ride
Chapter 6 A Change in Venue
Chapter 7 The Circuitous Search
Chapter 8 A Search for Remnants
Chapter 9 Where Shall I Go?
Chapter 10 A Crack in the Door
Chapter 11 Journey into the Future
Chapter 12 Epilogue
This powerful memoir—spanning a young boy's journey into manhood from prewar Poland to the horrors of the Nazi camps, and then to the surreal drama of life in the post DP camps, rings with emotional honesty. It provides a valuable addition to our understanding of both those who perished and survived the Holocaust.
— Michael J. Bazyler, The 1939 Club Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Whittier Law School; and author ofHolocaust Justice
This is a short and matter-of-fact book and yet it tells a gripping story—among the last such stories that will be told from direct experience, since the last of the survivors of the Holocaust are dying off. Even readers familiar with these stories may thank Schiller for telling this one in time.
— Chris Powell, Journal Inquirer in Manchester
Martin Schiller has told us the story of what should have been his childhood spent together with his brother in slave labor and concentration camps and the struggle for survival—day in and day out— that enabled four members of his family to survive. His depiction of the last days of Buchenwald is riveting. One glimpses what it was like to be there. The brevity of the work only underscores its power. Like music, one must understand the silence between the words that give voice to the unspoken. With Bread, Butter, and Sugar, he has discharged his obligation to the past and made an important contribution to the future.
— Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University