In this gripping memoir, Thomas Buergenthal, now an International Court Judge at the Hague, tells his moving story of survival as a child in the Holocaust.
Bereft of the security of his earlier childhood before the war in Germany, Thomas is victimized during some of humanity’s darkest hours. From the Kielce ghetto, Auschwitz, labor camps, a Nazi death march, and being separated from his parents, Thomas’ determination to survive is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
From playing with children outside of the Polish orphanage where he lived post-war, to enjoying the adventure-filled life of being befriended by the Polish army, Thomas still managed to embrace the wonders and joys of childhood amidst the horror of the Holocaust.
It was more than luck and the good fortune of his “Aryan” features that enabled him to survive the war — it was his strength, wisdom, and enormous faith that he would one day survive and be reunited with his parents.
Amazingly, Thomas was reunited with his mother shortly after the war and then moved to the United States and began a career as lawyer and then as a judge. He has dedicated his career to fighting against the human rights violations that he experienced as a child.