- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Joan Adler (1 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098012509X
- ISBN-13: 978-0980125092
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
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A Jew Again: From Bolechow to Communist Poland to the Jewish State Paperback – Import, 1 Jun 2017
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Over three years, Shlomo Adler lost his parents, his sister and many members of his extended family. He was in a labor camp, in hiding, a soldier in the Polish Army under a false identity. He grew close to a Polish senior official and was detained by the Communists. Despite all of this, he did not give up, and his spirit was not broken. The boy from Bolechow confronted challenges courageously and defiantly, finding a way to change his cruel destiny.
And he succeeded, making it to the Land of Palestine to participate in the campaign for the establishment of Israel, the country where he built his home and raised a family.
I am looking forward most eagerly to the English language publication of A Jew Again by Shlomo Adler ...I think it is an important contribution to the literature of the Holocaust...
In today's world, where too often the Holocaust is associated almost exclusively with Auschwitz and the other mass extermination camps, A Jew Again opens a window into another aspect of the Holocaust, the horrors experienced by Jews in their own communities perpetrated by both Germans and local gentiles....
Stephen Klein, Ph.D.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
[Adler's] admirable forthrightness, the vigor and clarity of his mind, his deep emotionality and his immensely moving desire to make sense of the horror that History visited upon him and his town make his narrative both unforgettable and profoundly important, at a time when the voices of so many survivors are being silenced forever.
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About the Author
Joan Adler is the executive director of an historical society who has authored several books, is a frequent speaker at conferences and Holocaust centers, and a cousin through marriage of the author. She was so moved by Shlomo Adler's story that she volunteered to help him bring his autobiography, which had previously been published in Hebrew by Yad Vashem, to the English speaking world.
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The story is incredibly interesting. This small boy and his cousin miraculously survived the most cruel of times due to their own ingenuity and life instinct. Without the help of the Polish couple all their ingenuity would not be enough. As the war ended one cousin decided that being Jewish is the worst possible fate and the other decided to go to Palestine and build a Jewish State. The author described in most painful detail his efforts to abandon his own past and his murdered family's tradition. Life is always stranger then fiction and so is this story. Shlomo Adler's experiences and his journey back to his roots, despite all the hesitations makes a fascinating and honest account.
Although the editing of the English version isn’t flawless, the story is gripping, taking the reader on Shlomo’s incredible journey from his childhood in the Carpathian shtetl of Bolechow and the tiny hiding place in which his life was saved during the war, to his late adolescence in the Polish army and then to Cyprus, where, having narrowly escaped the horrors of the continent, he was interned before finally arriving in Palestine.
The relationships Shlomo experienced and observed between Jews and their European neighbours shows humanity at its very worst and very best, revealing the impact such experiences have on a young person’s way of thinking. A testament to the past, it also provides insights into today’s critical concerns such as Daesh and the future of Israel. If “never again” is to become a reality, the lessons found in A Jew Again must be learned.