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Faces in the Smoke: The Story of Josef Perl Paperback – Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvia Perl; Revised edition edition (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954123301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954123307
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally written for use in authors school. Edited and published by Mrs. Perl

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2006
I attended a moving talk by Josef Perl last night and bought his book at the end.
His story as a child from Czechoslovakia, moving from camp to camp, escaping and breaking back in to a camp to bring food to fellow prisoners, seeing his mother and four of his sisters shot in from of him; it was a very emotional and powerful talk.
Read this book and read it to others. Spread his sorry so that we never forget what happened and so that it never happens again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E R Collins on 2 Aug. 2005
My name is ben and I heard Josef talk to me and my whole year in school one day. Before Josef arrived, we were very talkative and roudy. When he arrived and started to talk to us we were all very subdued and quiet. I have never heard anything so moving in my life. At least 300 14 year olds and adults sat quietly, listening to Josef for i don't know how many hours. Not once did anybody move, or speak. Amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Turner on 27 Jun. 2007
like other teenagers, i have had the fortune of meeting mr perl on his tour of surrey schools. i cant come to terms with the horrors the jews must have faced during the war, and to have met a survivor with such courage, someone who took so many chances, is a brilliant experience.

i was lucky enough to get a signed copy of the book. all of the talk he gave us is contained in this book, and its a fantastic story, making you think and feel.

like mr perl said himself, we are the future. help others our age in need, and dont be the bystander.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Pondel on 11 April 2005
Today, I watched Josef Perl talk to us about his journey through world war 2.
The story shocked, saddened and sickened all of us, although some people may have been fiddling and laughing, at the end many asked questions and commented.
We were given the oppurtunity to buy his book, signed, and my friends and I jumped at the chance. The book is even better than the talk, and you can picture everything. Im only 13, and I
fully understood and loved the book, so im sure all of you customers would too!
Clare Pondel, Carshalton High School For Girls
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on 11 July 2006
I had the great fortune of meeting Mr Perl. Like others who reviewed this books he visited my school where i work to talk about the the horror and suffering he and millions like him were subjected to during WW2. After listening to him he instantly became one of my heros and he was kind enough to sign a copy of his book for me which i will treasure for ever.

This is very powerfull and moving stuff and i would recommend this book to absolutly anyone old or young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2007
A survivor of the Holocaust tells of his life and struggle to survive during this most horrific of times. He details the story of his life from the age of 8 when his family were taken from their home to a concentration camp. What he has to say cannot fail to move the reader. This gentleman's story deserves to be heard.
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Having heard Josef Perl give his final public testimony in 2009, I was keen to buy his book and refresh my memory of his amazing story.
I was not disappointed with this book. It takes an unusual narrative compared to other Holocaust literature, in that it is written from the perspective of a school teacher and not the survivor. However, I feel this gives the book a uniqueness and a charm, particularly the notes written by schoolchildren that are included at the end of the book.
The book is quite a short one; I managed to finish it within a couple of days as I simply could not put it down. Mr Perl is a remarkable man with a remarkable story of endurance, faith and survival. If you are interested in the Holocaust and its literature, I highly recommend this to have a place on your bookshelf.
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