# Highly Recommended《New Book Condition Hardcover + Memoir of Auschwitz Death Camp Survivor And His "Freedom To Choose" For Survival》Sam Pivnik - SURVIVOR : Auschwitz, the Death March and My Fight for Freedom
This UK The Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM105.43. Now here Only at RM20. In 1939, on his 13th birthday, the Nazis invaded Poland. Sam Pivnik survived the two ghettoes set up in his home town of Bedzin and six months working on the processing ramp at Auschwitz, where prisoners were either taken away for entry to the camp or gassing. After this harrowing experience, he was sent to work at the brutal Furstengrube mining camp. He could have died on the 'Death March' that took him west as the Third Reich collapsed, and he managed to swim to safety when the Royal Air Force mistakenly sank the prison ship Cap Arcona in 1945. On 14 occasions he should have been killed, yet now in his 80s, Sam tells the story of his life, a tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds. Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the extraordinary story of how he survived the Holocaust Sam Pivnik is the ultimate survivor from a world that no longer exists. On fourteen occasions he should have been killed, but luck, his physical strength, and his determination not to die all played a part in Sam Pivnik living to tell his extraordinary story. In 1939, on his thirteenth birthday, Pivnik's life changed forever when the Nazis invaded Poland. He survived the two ghettoes set up in his home town of Bedzin and six months on Auschwitz's notorious Rampe Kommando where prisoners were either taken away for entry to the camp or gassing. After this harrowing experience he was sent to work at the brutal Fürstengrube mining camp. He could have died on the Death March' that took him west as the Third Reich collapsed and he was one of only a handful of people who swam to safety when the Royal Air Force sank the prison ship Cap Arcona in 1945, mistakenly believing it to be carrying fleeing members of the SS. He eventually made his way to London where he found people too preoccupied with their own wartime experiences on the Home Front to be interested in what had happened to him. Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds. Certainly there are those who think there are enough memoirs by concentration-camp survivors. The cruelty and executions have been recorded. But each story has a unique slant, its own dark moments, and each makes an impression on the reader about survival under the most dire circumstances. Pivnik’s life changed on his thirteenth birthday, when Germany invaded Poland. His older brother went missing, his family (grandmother, mother and father, and younger siblings) were surely killed, but he managed to stave off death at several concentration and work camps. The prose can be workmanlike at times, but his story is absorbing and often riveting. Pivnik, now in his eighties, tells his experiences with the assistance of writer M. J. Trow. Pivnik has excellent recall and, through his accounting, provides another worthy addition to the books on the horrors of Nazi occupation. Not a book for the faint-hearted, but Survivor is truly an astonishing story, told with a great deal of insight. Survivor is a memoir of the Second World War and tells the story of a young Jewish teenager mainly from the time the Germans occupied Poland in 1939, through years of unimaginable hell until liberation six years later. The strength of this book is Sam’s courageous and plucky spirit, his transparency and honesty in his account, and the way the story moves between his younger self and a man now in his 80s who has done his research and had time to reflect on what happened during this period, arguably the darkest time in the world’s history. Sam was only thirteen years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. He describes his home town as being a Garden of Eden that was lost overnight with their unwelcome arrival. His life changed forever, his family forced to live in the Bedzin ghetto before they were transported to Auschwitz. Eight of his family – his mother, father and all of his siblings except for an older brother were sent to the gas chambers. Sam survived for six months in the notorious death camp by a combination of luck and sheer will power before being sent to a mining camp. At the end of the war he survived the infamous ‘Death March’ that claimed so many lives. Like a cat with more than nine lives, he was also one of only a handful that survived after the RAF sank the prison ship Cap Arcona, mistakenly believing it to be carrying members of the SS. The horror of Sam’s experience is unrelenting, but there are bright moments and small kindnesses that allow him to keep the strength to carry on. The reader will have to read to the end to discover what happened to Sam’s older brother – but rest assured this is one of the most touching moments of the book. You are amazed at the strength of character of Sam Pivnik, a man who is haunted by the Holocaust (who wouldn’t be?) but who also has an innate fairness in his recollections of those dark times. This is a powerful, thought-provoking book, one that you might not read in one sitting, but one that is certainly worthwhile. Highly recommended. About the Author SAM PIVNIK was born in Poland in 1926. In 1943 his family was sent to Auschwitz II where Pivnik's parents and five siblings were murdered. After many brushes with death, Pivnik was liberated by the British Army in 1945. He now shares his memories through lectures and talks. M J TROW is the author of many books on historical subjects, including War Crimes: Underworld Britain in the Second World War. He studied military history at King's College, London.
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