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One voice, two lives : from Auschwitz prisoner to 101st Airborne trooper / Cantor David S. Wisnia ; with Doug Cervi and Robin Black ; edited by Maryann McLoughlin.

Publication | Library Call Number: DS134.72.W57 A3 2015

"This powerful memoir takes the reader from a peaceful home in Sochaczew to terror in Auschwitz-Birkenau and lastly to the safety of the Screaming Eagles. David Wisnia, a child singing star, was the middle child in a family of five. His father was a prosperous furniture manufacturer; his mother a contented housewife. After the family moved to Warsaw, David's family happily celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He remembers the marmalade, a rare delicacy, served on this special day. Six months later Europe was at war, Warsaw was occupied, and tragedy struck his family. David became a fugitive on the run from the Nazis. Eventually rounded up by the SS, David was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. There, because he could sing, he was assigned a "good" job disinfecting clothing in the Sauna, a relatively warm and comfortable place. Despite this he lived through three years of fear, knowing each day could be his last. David survived Auschwitz as well as a death march with the help of fellow inmates. His liberation was the stuff of fairy tales when "Little Davey," as he was called, at eighteen years, ended up being adopted by the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division who assisted him in immigrating to the U. S. David's story is unique: he is a Holocaust surivivor and also one of a band of liberators. One Voice, Two Lives adds a new dimension to Holocaust narratives."--Back cover.

Wisnia, Cantor David S., 1926-, author.
Margate, New Jersey : ComteQ Publishing, [2015]
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