The Boys Triumph Over Adversity PDF ¶ The Boys

The Boys Triumph Over Adversity PDF ¶ The Boys

The Boys Triumph Over Adversity [Read] ➱ The Boys Triumph Over Adversity Author Martin Gilbert – Fewer than 100000 Jews survived the death camps This is the story of 732 of those Jews all under the age of sixteen in 1945 It is the story of what they lost of what they as children suffered and most Fewer than Triumph Over PDF/EPUB ì Jews survived the death camps This is The Boys PDF/EPUB ² the story of of those Jews all under the age Boys Triumph Over MOBI î of sixteen in It is the story of what they lost of what they as children suffered and most of all of what they overcame Robbed of their childhoods orphaned by violence and bestiality they ought to have become sociopaths Instead they rebuilt their lives and dedicated them to the memory of those who were not as lucky Told in their voices The Boys bears witness to the power of the human spirit.

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  1. Philippa Dowding Philippa Dowding says:

    A few weeks ago in early February 2015 I was idly reading the obituary pages of The Globe and Mail newspaper The back page of the obits is saved for people who achieved some fame in their lives and that week I was struck by the headline Martin Gilbert Churchill's Official Biographer Dies at Age 79 I grew up in a British family my parents uncles and aunts were all involved in the Second World War in England in some way even as young teenagers As a result I've always been fairly informed about WWII and a fan of Churchill So I read on to discover that Martin Gilbert had written 84 books on the Second World War the Holocaust Jewish history and much much He was considered one of the world's leading historians of the last century he spent part of his childhood in Toronto to escape war torn Europe and I had never heard of him So that day I ordered a few of his books from the library and I have just now finished The Boys It took me three weeks to read not because I'm a slow reader but because I had to take the book in small chunks It is the single most difficult book I have ever read and I have read A LOT I had to keep putting it down to absorb what I'd just readIn first person accounts the book tells the Holocaust survival story of 732 Jewish children all of them orphaned mostly at the gates of Auschwitz Chelmno and Treblinka or in the concentration camps The children survived the war and after liberation in 1945 were selected to fly to England for a slow journey back to health and social integration Their amazing survival is due to luck stamina bravery youth and something else let's say the whim of fate Fifty years later as adult survivors through letters and private testimonials each of them describe how they survived the ghettos concentration camps forced slavery starvation beatings terror and the final atrocity of the death marches of Nazi Germany Martin Gilbert solicited these letters from the 732 and carefully parses them to recreate a slow unfolding of the Holocaust from a child's perspectiveMost of the children were between 12 and 18 at the end of war since younger children were almost universally murdered along with their mothers one nurse in England at the end of the book poignantly says that they were expecting small children at the rehabilitation centre in Southhampton and so had purchased teddy bears for them but no small children arrived because they had all been murdered Most of the survivors are boys hence the title since the girl survivors like the small children were pitifully few in number Except in a very few places where Mr Gilbert provides context the book marches along with page after page of first person testimonial accounts of survival Because the book is over 400 pages long in reading it one begins to grasp the enormity and relentless nature of the horror the grinding truth of the Nazi's attempt to exterminate a race of people The children's stories all become a testament as they reinforce each other again and again and again the details of each moment of suffering building to a final very clear picture It's exhausting terrifying brutal reading but by the end you have an unerring sense of what these children survived the truth of the day to day reality of slave life in Nazi GermanyGilbert points out at the beginning of the book that in every single case without exception each survivor had at least one miraculous event occur that helped to save them but most had a series of miracles A few examples one survivor stepped out of a church to collect water at the very moment that all the people inside were mowed down by machine gun fire ghetto story Several told of being lined up against a wall to be shot and were only saved because the German soldier's gun jammed Others miraculously found food however rotten or degraded at the brink of death or snuck from a line meant for extermination into a different line for the living when the German guards weren't looking And on and on It became clear to me that children who survived were not the shy retiring type they fought for food along with the adults or survived beatings just like the adults or somehow made the very adult and conscious decision not to lose the will to live For that you had to be strong smart assertive and braveAlong with miracles every child survivor in the book perfectly described the final moment of seeing their loved ones as they went one way in line to death at Auschwitz or were shot or dragged away or driven off in a truck That moment of separation was described in detail again and again I'll leave you with this poignant moment Ben Helfgott was 15 in the final weeks of the war Standing in his prisoner's rags in a freezing open air train car shoulder to shoulder with dozens of other boys his train shunted under a bridge and stopped Seconds later an American bomber flew low overhead for a bombing run then pulled up at the moment that the pilot made eye contact with Ben and saw that the train below the bridge was full of children The Nazis used the children as human shields The US pilot didn't bomb the bridge and Ben survivedMy son just turned 17 and so I had him in mind at every turn which made the book even harder for me to read would my boy have survived? Not one of the 732 survivors had a living mother at the end of the war by the way although a few did find some surviving relatives after the dust settled later in the 1940sA gut wrenching read I'm glad I did make it to the end of this book It's not brilliantly written although it is well organized but it is startling and honest and it's the truth If you are interested in history in the Holocaust and in learning first hand how a handful of children truly beat the odds and won out over unimaginable cruelty add it to your must read list and be prepared to read it slowly Also as an interesting companion piece consider reading Elie Weisel's Nobel Prize winning memoir Night a very short book which describes his HolocaustAuschwitz survival story as a 16 year oldAlso here is my review of Martin Gilbert's The Righteous accounts of the everyday Europeans who hid and saved people from the Holocaust

  2. Kathy Sebesta Kathy Sebesta says:

    This is a story that should be told and remembered the story of the few childrenteenagers who survived Hitler's forced labor and concentrationextermination camps It starts with the incredibly rich life that was the pre war European Jewish community continues thru the break up and total annihilation of those communities many of which no longer have a single Jew living in them or in some cases even exist then chronicles the boys and their families as they survive first the war and then their post war transport to England and subseuent recovery These are brutal horrific stories told in such a matter of fact way that they become even powerful It's not that they're heroes exactly It's like after being in the wrong place at the wrong time they managed first to be lucky enough to physically survive and second to be strong enough emotionally to refuse to allow their experiences to destroy them Surprisingly tho of course their feelings about the Nazis are self evident they draw contrasts between the Nazis and Germans in generalSo it's a book you should read so you can understand better what happened and so their story isn't forgotten But it isn't going to be a book you read uickly Nor is it a book you will enjoy

  3. Gary Gary says:

    This remarkable book consists of the comprehensive results interviews with and letters by 732 concentration camp survivors from the holocaustThese young people both boys and girls where settled in Britain after World War II some stayed and made lives in Britain while others immigrated to the USA Australia Canada and IsraelSome of the boys made their mark in the Israel War of Independence defending the fledgling Jewish State after it was attacked by five Arab armies aiming to anihilate all Jews in Israel as the Arabs and anti Zionists of the world aim for today ie a second holocaustPart of the book consists of harrowing eyewitness accounts of the survivors hence an important testament to holocaust remembrance The accounts are often graphic and bring the grim reality of what happened to the Jewish people during world War II to bear on usIt is important to remember the holocaust again at times when some like Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei David Irving and others deny it's existenceIt is important to remember the holocaust at a time when the Islamic world and their far left allies wish to destroy Israel the phoenix that arose from the ashes of the Jewish people and subject the Jews of Israel to a second holocaustIt is interesting to see how for most of the survivors Israel and Zionism where an important part of their consciousnessAnti Zionist propaganda aims to prepare for genocide of Jews in the same way as Nazi propaganda did and therefore all Anti Zionist and anti Israel propaganda should be treated the same as Nazism with no toleranceMost holocaust survivors and their descendants today live in IsraelThe future of the descendants of the survivors needs to be preserved and therefore Israel must prevailThat is what we must fight for when we say 'Never Again'

  4. Laura Laura says:

    I first read this book when it came out in the late '90's and it has lost none of its impact Each year there are fewer survivors left to tell their stories so it is up to us to keep those stories alive Could this have been edited better? Probably but hearing the survivors describe their experiences in the ghettos and camps in their own words is important as are the admittedly rather sluggish ending chapters that cover their lives after the holocaust While the last few chapters might not be as compelling to read they are the true testament to all those who have suffered through not only the atrocities of the Nazis but of any genocide or ethnic cleansing or general horrors of war

  5. Westbankmama Westbankmama says:

    I started this book around Holocaust Remembrance Day here in Israel and it has left an indelible impression There are descriptions of life before the war harrowing personal testimonies of the horrors of the ghettos and the concentration camps and descriptions of how this group of 732 survivors were brought to England to recover and rebuild their livesHighly recommended

  6. Micebyliz Micebyliz says:

    It was a great loss when Martin Gilbert died He was a premier historian of the Holocaust I have read many of his books all well researched and calmly presented This book is no exception I always learn and my understanding is deepened

  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    Excellent reading from memories of direct young survivors that went to England after the collapse of Germany to recover England's home office had approved 1000 places for children under 16 yrs of age They were not able to find that many children 732 however did head to England and either stayed or subseuently moved to other locations around the world Great reading the human side of a tragic history of humans

  8. Kurtbg Kurtbg says:

    An interesting read of the horrid things humans do to each other This book is a collection of personal accounts of mainly polish survivors of the Nazi deathslave camps of Nazi Germany The books is set chronologically with first hand accounts of 732 mostly male individuals before and after their experiences I found this tending towards an archival approach as many of the early accounts were similar Because the book was chronological that personal narrative was broken up and woven amongst many others Concentric rings of influence and control were used in the operationsUsually the Jewish camp members were controlled by their own members who were given better treatment if they kept camp members in line and ratted them out Of course it didn't work out any better for them The next level were non Jewish polish who also ratted people out and kept those below in line Next were known as House Germans who were Germans living outside Germany Next were actual German soldiers Surprisingly they run the whole gamut from pure administrators with some conscience and care to those with a complete psychopathic compulsion to their actions

  9. Gail Hedlund Gail Hedlund says:

    This was a really amazing book It was inspiring to follow the boys from the nightmare of being held in concentrationlabor camps and seeing their loved ones be murdered but to rise above it all They became successful not bitter in nearly all of their casesThey not only didn't let Hitler and the Nazis win they triumphed over them in the end They supported one another and became each others family Then they paid that forward by creating foundations to help others Foundations to further educations for generations to come These men women are strong amazing people

  10. Nathan Nathan says:

    As an historical document this book is invaluable It preserves the experiences and memories of ordinary people who were fated to survive the most infamous tragedy of our time As literary history this book is a miserable failure Gilbert serves as an incapable inelouent mouthpiece for these survivors and so their accounts poorly constructed for all their poignance run together in a confused mass of misery and awkward appeals to humanity A chore to read on several levels

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