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Home at Last: Auschwitz Survivor by Kurt Moses
From the back cover: It was around midnight on November 11, 1942 when we were taken from our home in Sittard, Holland and to the railroad station. This happened fifty-six years ago, when I was seventeen years old, but I shall never forget. My parents, my sister and I, each carrying only a backpack and a piece of luggage, left our home and everything that was once dear to us, not knowing what our future would hold.
Kurt Moses has written this book to honor those who weren’t as fortunate and to inform young people as they grow up in the world today of what can happen when good people do nothing. As a witness to the Holocaust, he felt obliged to put down on paper the horror he lived through as a teenager. As a citizen of America for more than fifty years, he also felt compelled to relate something else as well: the seeming miracle that followed so much devastation, the highly satisfying years he has enjoyed as an adult.
Since he retired, he has spoken to many groups of students about the Holocaust. He tells them, “Don’t be an innocent bystander. Don’t take freedom for granted; do participate in civic life to maintain it. Without liberty, life has no worth.”
Nothing in his own education warned against the horrific years that lay ahead of him. Suddenly, he went from being a youth with a normal, easy-going life to a starved prisoner exposed to death and torture everyday. Yet somehow, he survived.
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