Saving Children: Diary of a Buchenwald Survivor and Rescuer

Saving Children: Diary of a Buchenwald Survivor and Rescuer

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Overview

In Saving Children, Jack Werber describes in detail what life in Buchenwald was like, painting a haunting picture of his daily struggle for survival. But Werber did more than survive; he made saving children his special mission. In what is one of the most amazing stories of the Holocaust, Jack Werber helped to save the lives of some seven hundred Jewish children who had arrived at Buchenwald in late 1944, including Nobel Prize-winner Elie Wiesel and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel.

At great personal risk, he arranged for the children to be hidden in various barracks with false working papers. He and his group actually started a school where the children studied Jewish history, music, and Hebrew. These activities gave the youngsters hope that they might survive and ultimately most of them did.

Werber's entire family-his wife, daughter, parents, and seven siblings-were all murdered by the Nazis. "There was no reason to go on," he had thought, but seeing the children transformed his outlook. He resolved to prevent them from meeting his daughter's fate. Out of 3,200 Polish prisoners who entered the camp together with Werber, only eleven were alive by war's end. Of those, he was the only Jew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412853798
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2014
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jack Werber survived the war and became a successful businessman. He died in 2006.

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York and served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College. He is author of eleven books, including The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of American Orthodoxy and Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They Made in America, which won the 1993 National Jewish Book Award.

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York and served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College. He is author of eleven books, including The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of American Orthodoxy and Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They Made in America, which won the 1993 National Jewish Book Award.

Martin Werber, the son of Jack Werber, is president of Werber Management, the real estate business started by his parents. His professional career began at CBS News. He is actively engaged in Jewish educational causes, Jewish continuity, and the Conservative movement of Judaism, propelled by his legacy as a child of Holocaust survivors.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition, by William B. Helmreich

Preface, by William B. Helmreich

Introduction

1. Growing Up in Radom
2. The Beginning of the End: Arrest and Deportation
3. Buchenwald: The First Few Months
4. Working and Surviving
5. Daily Life in Buchenwald
6. I Join the Underground
7. Saving the Children
8. Free at Last

Afterword, by Martin Werber

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