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Remember Us is a look back at the lost world of the shtetl: a wise Zayde offering prophetic and profound words to his grandson, the rich experience of Shabbos, and the treasure of a loving family. All this is torn apart with the arrival of the Holocaust, beginning a crucible fraught with twists and turns so unpredictable and surprising that they defy any attempt to find reason within them. From work camps to the partisans of the Nowogrudek forests, from the Mauthausen concentration camp to life as a displaced person in Italy, and from fighting the Egyptian army in a tiny Israeli kibbutz in 1948 to starting a new life in a new world in New York, this book encompasses the mythical "hero's journey" in very real historical events. Through the eyes of 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Martin Small, we learn that these priceless memories that are too painful to remember are also too painful to forget.

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Remember Us: My Journey from the Shtetl through the Holocaust
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Remember us
September 21st, 2014
Well written and totally engrossing book. My only criticism is the total emphasis on the American soldiers being portrayed as the only liberators of the camps when in fact many other armies were involved including the British, Canadians and Russians. Perhaps if America had not held back and assisted prior to 1942 many of these atrocities could have been avoided. But hindsight is a great thing.
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