Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs
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A story of resilience, Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs - A Candle and a Promise makes the memories of Holocaust survivor Hank Brodt come alive. It offers a detailed historical account of being a Jewish teenager under the Nazi regime, shedding light on sickening truths in an honest, matter-of-fact way.

Hank Brodt lived through one of the darkest periods of human history and survived the devastation of World War II. Born in 1925 into a poor family in Boryslaw (Poland), he was placed in a Jewish orphanage. Losing his family when the Germans invaded Poland, he waged a daily battle to survive. Moving from forced labor camps to concentration camps, one of which features in Schindler’s List, his world behind the barbed wire consisted of quiet resistance, invisible tears and silent cries for years on end.

This story of survival includes rare photographs from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that powerfully illustrate these intimate and shocking memoirs. One recently discovered picture shows Hank Brodt in prison uniform removing the dead on carts at the liberated Ebensee concentration camp on May 7, 1945.

It is hard to believe that someone who endured such horrific events could go on to live a life of gratitude. Through his unwavering compassion towards others, Hank Brodt managed to keep his humanity and find a way to move forward. After the Second World War, Hank Brodt testified at the trial of Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth in Dachau, Germany. He has joined the March of the Living since 2006, walking from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom Hashoah to pay tribute to the millions that died. Lighting the candle, he made a promise to himself to always answer the call to talk.

Hank Brodt’s Holocaust memoirs are a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest times in the history of human civilization.

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Deborah is the daughter of Holocaust survivor Hank Brodt (b. 1925). The book, Hank Brodt Holocaust Memoirs - A Candle and a Promise, was written at her father's request to document his experiences during the darkest period in modern history. Deborah has a BSW and MSW, holds a LCSW and various credentials in trauma and substance abuse. She is married to Dan.

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Foreword

Preface

1 − Witness and Survivor

2 − Family and Early Years

3 − A Mother’s Difficult Decision

4 − Orphanage

5 – Return Home, 1939

6 − My Crime

7 − Return of the Nazis

8 − Life Gets Worse

9 − A Mother’s Intuition

10 − Plaszow

11 − Number 12891

12 − One Day at Plaszow

13 − Children in Plaszow

14 − Wieliczka

15 − The Front Comes Closer

16 − Journey to Mauthausen

17 − Arbeit Macht Frei. Mauthausen

18 − Work in Mauthausen

19 − Melk

20 − Work Underground

21 − The Horror Continues

22 − Humanity Within the Barbed Wire

23 − Conversation with a German Officer

24 − Death March

25 − Ebensee

26 − Beginning of the End. The Tower of Babel

27 − Life Goes On

28 − Work and Housing

29 − The United States

30 − Greetings from Uncle Sam

31 − Our Life in a Nutshell

32 − The Search for Family

33 − March of the Living

Postscript − Personal Letters and Reflections from Loved Ones

Acknowledgements

Pictures

Notes

Kind Request

Further Reading

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