Fleeing The Nazis, Surviving The Gulaf, And Arriving In The Free World: My Life And Times

Fleeing The Nazis, Surviving The Gulaf, And Arriving In The Free World: My Life And Times

by Victor Zarnowitz

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Victor Zarnowitz is a world-famous economist. Victor Zarnowitz is also a man who grew up in the Polish town of Oswiecim, known in German as Auschwitz. Zarnowitz fled the area as the Nazis advanced in September 1939. Moving eastward with his brother, he landed in the arms of the Soviets and was sent to a Siberian Gulag. How did this brilliant young man, who nearly died at the hands of the Soviets, end up a renowned University of Chicago economist? That's exactly what this inspiring, lyrical memoir—told in simple, captivating prose—is all about.

The recipient of many prizes and honors, Zarnowitz is still, at age eighty-seven, one of the six economists who decide officially that the United States is in a recession. He is also a captivating writer and his memoir a thrilling page turner. In 1939, Zarnowitz and his brother walked the entire width of Poland with the blitzkrieg just behind them. Running into oncoming Soviet troops, the boys were trapped at the junction of the two most fearsome armies the world had ever seen. Zarnowitz was literally standing at the center point of history. The Soviets who captured the boys considered Polish refugees prisoneers of war. In 1940, they transported Zarnowitz and his brother thousands of miles north and put them to work in Stalin's oldest Gulag. The two young men earned their daily gruel and bread crusts by trying to meet impossible work quotas.

The last third of the book brings the story up to date, telling, in a non-technical manner, of Zarnowitz's life in America and his professional career. It includes his observations of other economists and their ideas, his own contributions to busines-cycle theory and economic indicators, and his thoughts on more than a half-century of American history.

While memoirs of the Holocaust are plentiful, the Jewish experience in Stalin's Gulags has been virtually forgotten. Weaving politics and economics into the harrowing tale of his personal journey, Zarnowitz's inspiring life story provides a priceless perspective on some of the most traumatic upheavals of the 20th century—and on the resilience and power of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313357794
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 08/30/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

VICTOR ZARNOWITZ is one of the world's leading authorities on business cycles, business indicators, and forecast evaluation. He is Senior Fellow and Economic Counselor to the Conference Board. Dr. Zarnowitz is also Professor Emeritus of Economics and Finance, Graduate School of Business, The University of Chicago, and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. The recipient of many awards and honors, he is the author of Business Cycles: Theory, History, Indicators, and Forecasting.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Gail D. Fosler     vii
Introduction   Arnold Zellner     ix
Prologue: A Vanished World     xi
And Music Was in the Air     1
The Saddest Thing     13
17 Days     27
The Gulag     45
Love in Ili     61
From the Ashes     77
The Association of Jewish Students     89
Our American Education     107
My American Century     123
Peaks and Valleys     141
Epilogue: An Octogenarian in a New Millennium     161
Acknowledgments     165
Notes     167
Index     173

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend this book to qnyone who likles the Natiz's. I do not like them but what i meant was if you like reading holocaust books. This one is a good book and ha interesting characters. Very good