Yankele : a Holocaust survivor's bittersweet memoir /
Alex Gross.
Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c2001.
xii, 262 p. : ill.
0761821384 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Lanham, MD : University Press of America, c2001.
0761821384 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alex (Yankele) Gross was born in the Carpathian mountains which then belonged to Hungary. After losing his parents (among others) in the war. Alex went briefly to Prague and then to England, where he was adopted. Eventually, he immigrated to America where he and his family became builders in Ohio and then in Georgia. He now lives in Florida and has three children and four grandchildren
Review Quotes
This book is about triumph over adversity with lessons for life for everyone. It is a read that I will never forget.>>>>
Living through the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust and challenged by additional personal tragedies, Alex Gross, by the unique gift of his soul, has permeated those painful experiences with a vitality of holy spirituality that is nothing short of amiracle. This book is a triumph over all that is evil beyond the pale of our rational minds.>>>
Having endured ultimate anguish and suffering as an adolescent in Auschwitz, Alex Gross fulfills his duty to bear witness. He does so with poignancy and feeling in this autobiography. It must be read by anyone wishing to increase his or her knowledge of the tragic and fateful event that will continue to haunt generations to come.>>>
Alex Gross considers himself to be a lucky man who survived the Holocaust to build a business, a family, and a circle of friends. Those who read this book will be drawn to his compelling story to learn what happened to him during and after the Holocaust, and will wonder at his moral resilience. This story of sadness and joy, pain and triumph, has much to teach.>>>
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In Yankele: A Holocaust Survivor's Bittersweet Memoir, Alex (Yankele) Gross tells the tale of his life as a Hungarian boy amidst the turmoil of World War II Europe. Beginning with his childhood in the village of Palanok, Alex recalls happy memories nestled in the bosom of family and friends. His peaceful existence was shortly disrupted when his community is rounded up and placed in a ghetto and subsequently deported to Auschwitz. Here Alex vividly depicts the horror of his imprisonment at the camp, his forced march to Gleiwitz, and his ride on the flat car to Buchenwald - a journey that has been similarly immortalized by Elie Wiesel's Night. After he was liberated, Alex was free to reunite with his surviving siblings in Prague, but also had to face all of the difficulties inherent in beginning a new life. After moving to England, where he begins his practical education under the guidance of his adoptive family, Alex finally makes his way to America where he becomes successful business and family man. Tragedy soon follows, however, with the loss of his teenage son and the murder of his first wife. In spite of this, Yankele endures as a story of happiness, revealing the depths of faith, courage and honor of this modern-day Job.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Life in the Valley of the Shadow of Death
My Life in Palanokp. 1
A Changing Villagep. 13
Two Weeks in the Ghettop. 25
The Cattle Ride to Hellp. 31
A9018: Surviving the Flamesp. 35
Buna: Part Ip. 45
Buna: Part IIp. 53
The March from Bunap. 63
From Gleiwitz to Buchenwaldp. 67
Buchenwaldp. 71
Angels in Buchenwaldp. 79
Picking Up the Pieces in Praguep. 87
Scotlandp. 93
Englandp. 99
Before the War
After the War
Family 2001
Life in The New World
The "Goldene Medina"p. 145
The American Wayp. 151
The U. S. Armyp. 161
Growing Albee Homesp. 171
More to Life than Work, Work, Workp. 181
Lindap. 185
Albee Hits Bottomp. 191
Modulage Homesp. 197
Atlanta: The Greatest Tragedyp. 203
Pulling Togetherp. 213
Yet Another Tragedyp. 219
Farewell, Lindap. 223
Epiloguep. 225
Concluding Interviewp. 231
Afterwordp. 255
Notesp. 259
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