At the fire's center : a story of love and Holocaust survival /
Jean M. Peck.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1998.
xiii, 243 p. , [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
0252024206 (acid-free paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1998.
0252024206 (acid-free paper)
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Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Hometowns -- Lvov on fire -- Hungary, friend of Germany -- The Lvov ghetto -- The shattering of peace in Hungary -- Lusia: underground in Warsaw -- Steve: forced hard labor -- Paul: forced hard labor -- Anna: inside the gates of hell -- Lusia: leaving Warsaw -- Marriage, Munich, and medicine -- Healing in Heidelberg -- America and back -- At home -- Index.
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Includes index.
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THIS is the story of a promise kept against all odds: a promise four friends made to each other that they would always be together.
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Brilliantly weaves the inspiring stories of four survivors who vowed to always remain friends -- & have succeeded.
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THIS is the story of a promise kept against all odds: a promise four friends made to each other that they would always be together.Like his boyhood friend Paul Ornstein, Steve Hornstein had dreams of becoming a doctor, even though admission to Hungarian universities was all but closed to Jews. Both managed to pursue their educations in Budapest and never lost hope of realizing their dreams, even when the Germans invaded Hungary in March 1944. Both were consigned to forced-labor camps; both escaped and endured the terror of life on the run.Anna Brunn grew up in a small village in Hungary and met Paul in 1941. They saw each other only a few times before the war intervened, but Paul had every intention of marrying Anna -- provided they both survived. Anna and her parents were sent to Auschwitz, where her father died and she helped her mother survive.Lusia Schwarzwald, born and brought up in privilege in Lvov, Poland, lost her parents and brothers during the war. She became part of the Polish underground and hid in Warsaw with false papers that identified her as a Polish Catholic. After the war she became acquainted with Steve, Paul, and Anna.During the early postwar years as medical students in Heidelberg, Germany, these determined friends identified their goals and made their plans. Eventually they arrived penniless in the United States with only their medical training, their hopes for the future -- and each other.Their remarkable firsthand accounts of survival and triumph stand as moving testimony to the resilience of the human heart and spirit.
Table of Contents
Hometownsp. 1
Lvov on Firep. 20
Hungary, Friend of Germanyp. 34
The Lvov Ghettop. 45
The Shattering of Peace in Hungaryp. 61
Lusia: Underground in Warsawp. 76
Steve: Forced Hard Laborp. 94
Paul: Forced Hard Laborp. 110
Anna: Inside the Gates of Hellp. 128
Lusia: Leaving Warsawp. 151
Marriage, Munich, and Medicinep. 168
Healing in Heidelbergp. 187
America - and Backp. 200
At Homep. 223
Indexp. 237
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