A Sur­vivor’s Duty

  • From the Publisher
March 29, 2018

The Holo­caust and the birth and growth of Israel are strik­ing­ly dif­fer­ent Jew­ish his­to­ry events. Yet they are relat­ed, just like the author, Gabriel Laufer and his father. With only a few hints in hand, Laufer researched the details of his father’s Holo­caust sur­vival in the Hun­gar­i­an forced labor bat­tal­ions near Stal­in­grad, as a slave build­ing Ger­man bunkers for weapon fac­to­ries, and lat­er, his escape from Stal­in­ist Hungary.

In A Sur­vivor’s Duty, Laufer shares the grip­ping sto­ries of his father’s expe­ri­ences jux­ta­posed with his own as an Israeli Defense Force offi­cer in the Six Days War and the three wars that fol­lowed. Laufer leads the read­er through his fam­i­ly’s per­son­al his­to­ry and its place in some of the momen­tous events of the 20th century.

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