Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1999. Presumed first edition/first printing. Hardcover. xiv, 177 pages. Illustrations. Map. Foreword by Michael Berenbaum. A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book. Name of previous owner present. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Henry Friedman was robbed of his adolescence by the monstrous evil that annihilated millions of European Jews and changed forever the lives of those who survived. Like many other survivors, Henry Friedman has found it difficult to confront his past, but he has also felt the obligation to bear witness. Now retired, he devotes much of his time to telling his story, which he believes is a message of hope, to schoolchildren throughout the Pacific Northwest. In I'm No Hero, he confronts with unblinking honesty the pain, the shame, and the bizarre comedy of his passage to adulthood. He has received national recognition for his recollections.
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Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001. First Paperback Edition [stated]. Presumed first printing thus. Trade paperback. xiv, 178 pages. Illustrations. Map of Poland. Minor cover wear and soiling. Small red mark on fore-edge. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page. Inscription reads: To Barbara! Keep up the noble work you are doing. Never give up Hope! Henry Friedman 2/13/10. Foreword by Michael Berenbaum. In 1939 when the Russians occupied Brody, his family lost their business and many of their private possessions. When the Nazis invaded Brody in 1941, they swiftly deprived Jews of their basic rights, forbidding Jews to attend school or teach and forcing them to wear armbands bearing the Star of David. One day in February 1942, a young woman named Julia Symchuck ran to the Friedman’s house and warned Henry's father that the Gestapo was coming for him. Thanks to Julia, Henry’s father was able to flee. In the fall of 1942, the Nazis forced the remaining Jews in the area into a ghetto in Brody. Henry, his mother, his younger brother, and their female teacher hid in a barn owned by Julia Symchuck's parents. The Friedmans remained in hiding for 18 months. In March 1944 they were liberated by the Russians.
New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. First U.S. Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. xix, , 435,  pages. Illustrations. A Note about the Text. Maps, Notes. Bibliography and Archives Consulted. Inscribed on the page facing the title page. Derived from a Kirkus review: Gabis brings her sensibility as a poet and indefatigable energy as a historian to this engrossing memoir. The author’s family spoke little about their past. Gabis knew that her maternal grandparents had come to America after World War II; that her grandfather had fought bravely against Russian invaders; that her grandmother had been arrested and sent to labor camps. However, several years ago, she found out more: her grandfather had been a Nazi security chief in a town where at least two mass slaughters had occurred. For the next several years, she became obsessed with one question: was the man she had loved a murderer? The author’s research involved repeated trips to Israel, Poland, and Lithuania. She interviewed Holocaust survivors whose persecution she recounts in moving detail; in Lithuania, she talked with witnesses to Russian and German occupations. Gabis petitioned for information from Lithuanian archives, discovered documents at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and eventually amassed some 400 pages of archival material. Her journey was frequently interrupted by obstacles such as a destructive flood in her apartment that damaged documents and food poisoning. But the greatest obstacle proved to be the blurred, slippery past, which continually frustrated her. An eloquent testimony to the war’s enduring, violent impact.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. First U.S. Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. , 232,  pages. The author is an award-winning Hungarian film director. This book, his first novel, is based on the true story of his parents, and drawn from their letters. In July 1945, Miklos, a twenty-five-year-old Hungarian marooned in a Swedish hospital, has just been given a death sentence. His lungs are filled with fluid, and in six months he will be gone. But Miklos has never felt more alive, and he certainly didn't endure a concentration camp only to drown from within. And so he wages war on his own fate: he acquires the names of the 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden, and he writes a letter to each of them in his beautiful cursive hand. One of these women, he is sure, will become his wife. In another part of the country, Lili reads his letter and decides to write back. For the next few months, the two engage in a funny, absurd, hopeful epistolary dance. Eventually, they find a way to meet. Fever at Dawn is a vibrant, ribald, and unforgettable tale, showing the death-defying power of the human will to live and to love. The author illuminates the incredible power of the human will--the drive not jut to stay alive, but to fight for a life worth celebrating. He has also made his novel into a pan-European film. Elizabeth Szasz is a freelance literary translator based in Budapest.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xiii, , 297,  pages. Oversize--measures 11-1/2 by 8-3/4 inches. Contains an introduction by Peter Gay. Illustrations. Maps. Topics covered include origins, the institutions of Jewish life, from the Middle Ages to the court Jews, the return to history (The Age of Moses Mendelssohn), The Struggle for Emancipation, and The Nazi Period, Emigration, Palestine, and the End. Also includes further reading, acknowledgments, credits, and an index. Ruth Gay (née Slotkin; October 19, 1922 – May 9, 2006) was a Jewish writer who wrote about Jewish life and won the 1997 National Jewish Book Award for non-fiction for Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America (1996). Peter Joachim Gay (June 20, 1923 – May 12, 2015) was a German-American historian, educator, and author. He was Sterling Professor of History at Yale University.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1947. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. ,471,  pages. Appendices. Index. Boards scuffed, top and bottom edges of spine somewhat worn, discoloration inside boards. Name of previous owner and date in ink inside the front cover. Gustave Mark Gilbert (September 30, 1911 – February 6, 1977) was an American psychologist best known for his writings containing observations of high-ranking Nazi leaders during the Nuremberg trials. In 1947 he published part of his diary, consisting of observations taken during interviews, interrogations, "eavesdropping" and conversations with German prisoners, under the title Nuremberg Diary. In 1945, after the end of the war, Gilbert was sent to Nuremberg, Germany, as a translator for the International Military Tribunal for the trials of the World War II German prisoners. Gilbert was appointed the prison psychologist of the German prisoners. During the process of the trials Gilbert became, after Douglas Kelley, the confidant of Hermann Göring, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Hans Frank, Oswald Pohl, Otto Ohlendorf, Rudolf Höss, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner, among others. Gilbert also participated in the Nuremberg trials as the American Military Chief Psychologist and provided testimony attesting to the sanity of Rudolf Hess. His 1950 book The Psychology of Dictatorship was an attempt to profile the Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler using as reference the testimonials of Hitler's closest generals and commanders. Gilbert's published work is still a subject of study in many universities and colleges, especially in the field of psychology.
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, c1978. First Printing. Hardcover. 24 cm, 364 pages. Illustrations. Name in ink on flyleaf. Card "With the compliments of the author" laid in. The focus is on British chicanery in this dramatic study of the Jewish struggle for a national home in Palestine. Following an introduction expressing the Jewish claim to the disputed area, Oxford historian Gilbert, further pursues the theme of British appeasement during the inter-war years--appeasement this time of their numerous Muslim colonial subjects vis-a -vis the Jews. Requiring Jewish assistance against Germany in the First World War and sympathetic to the Jewish need for a haven from persecution, the British in 1917 issued the Balfour Declaration. But the exigencies of postwar foreign policy required the gradual retraction of the promise, first by limiting Jewish immigration and Arab land sales in Palestine, then by attempting to create a permanent Jewish minority in an Arab-controlled country--until, in futility, they unloaded the problem on the UN. The scene deftly shifts from Palestine to England and back, laying bare--in documentary form--interactions between the British and the Zionists, officials in London and locals on the scene. Excerpted from newly-available British archives, diaries, and memoirs as well as from well-known secondary works, the first-person selections are/ skillfully linked with connective narrative. Though scholars will have some difficulty in identifying specific sources, Gilbert's technique of letting the participants tell their story makes for a vivid, authentic record.