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Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor: Icek Kuperberg [Kindle Edition]

Icek Kuperberg , Ph.D. Abraham Kuperberg
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Powerful in its stark simple language, Icek Kuperberg chronicles his personal experiences as a concentration camp prisoner during World War II. Interned in various work and death camps, Icek had to use his guile and wits to simply stay alive. That he persevered despite tremendous horrors and obstacles, testifies to his strong will to survive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 972 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Universal Publisher/UPUBLISH.COM (15 Feb. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, brutal, but essential reading 2 Jan. 2011
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Icek Kuperberg was a young Polish Jew with a promising future when Hitler invaded Poland, thereby changing the course of his life irrevocably. Cast into a world of concentration camps and slave labour, Icek used his engineering skills to stay as useful as possible in order to avoid being exterminated and also in an attempt to stave off starvation by earning an extra crust of bread or bowl of watery turnip soup.

This short testimony is Icek's account of his incarceration at the behest of the Reich. Icek was imprisoned for most of the war and would spend time in ten different camps including the notorious `Auschwitz'.

Extremely well written, raw and honest; this is a brutal, but necessary read. Recommended to those who study the Holocaust and its victims, this is a very short read and one which can be completed in a single sitting.

Icek was a man of ingenuity and resourcefulness, his account is an invaluable social document and one which testifies to the brutality and pointlessness of these terrible crimes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil ........... sickening evil. 15 April 2011
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Such is the power of the mass media in the 21st century, that there is a danger that one can almost become immune to constant portrayals of man's inhumanity to man. I suppose it is a defence mechanism to protect us from unimaginable horrors. The holocaust was one of the very worst occasions when one nation inflicted sustained barbarity on others and the many personal accounts of it which are available are pressing reminders, if ever we should forget what depths humankind is capable of sinking to.

This relatively short book is essential reading - as a necessary reminder of the horrors inflicted at that dark dark point in man's history. And a reminder that such horrors can and do happen again. What is so remarkable about the book is the matter-of-fact understated way that one man can relate repeated and unrelenting sufferings inflicted upon him, his family and friends, yet without apparent rancour or undue anger. And at the end of everything - he survives, and makes his way in the world.

It's a tale of victory, despite everything, and certainly puts our own relatively minor hardships into perspective.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and thought provoking 25 Feb. 2011
By frank
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A rather short book but Mr Kuperburg writes in a simplistic but thought provoking style. He is an extremely inspiring man who shows the true strength of human spirit in terrible circumstances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We should never forget!!! 20 Jan. 2012
By Dobby
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We should never forget what happened!! This book made me laugh and cry a must read!!
Someone had said in the reviews it was badly written (punctuation wise) if it was and quite frankly l wouldn't care, it was written by an extrodinary man who had escaped death l think it was 6 times!!! It was lovely to see at the end of the book a picture of him. Icek l salute you!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, compelling & heartbreaking 16 July 2011
By Stantum
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the memoirs of Icek Kuperberg, a Polish Jew who was imprisoned during the Second World War. It follows his life through incarceration in numerous different POW camps including Auschwitz, in compelling and heartbreaking detail.

Memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor is a well written, raw and fascinating book and shows Icek's strength and will to survive, using his skills as an engineer to escape an even worse fate at the hands of the guards.

This book is ideal for those studying the Second World War or those like myself with an interest in history and especially the first person accounts of a tragic time that helped shape the world today.

I found it almost impossible to put down, and would definately recommend downloading this to your kindle / buying a copy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Feb. 2012
By LA she
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I loved reading every page of this book and although it was extremely horrifying to read how people were treated in the concentration camps it was really nice to know that the few survivors went on to live brilliant lives to the full. Just like Icek Kuperberg who is now living in Florida and has a family. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Brilliant. This man endured so much any got on with his life afterwards. Puts people
who moan about life to shame. The Germans and perpetrators responsible are indescribable in word terms. I will send the author an e-mail. I only wish I could have met the man. Human beings are sometimes cruel, bad, evil etc. I feel ashamed that people refer to the perpetrators as human beings - what a joke. Any kind of death was to kind for them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stark Reminder 10 Aug. 2011
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This simply told tale is in many ways a minor masterpiece of Holocaust Literature. The author has none of the skill of a Primo Levi or Eli Wiesel but his testimony is no less important or powerful. The simplicity and rawness of his prose adds to the power of the narrative. Its a straightforward story and a familiar one. We read of his brutal separation from his parents and other family members; of the selection process where because of his skill he was sent to Labour rather then Death camps; of the daily humiliation and mistreatment and the almost deadpan descriptions of horrendous and meaningless violence and killings. Like many who survived he was skilled and resourceful and through his own ingenuity was able to help others survive. He even gained the respect of one camp commandant at Annaberg and his German overseers, but he was under no delusion. It was the respect a useful animal or slave would receive in order for the camp authorities to achieve their goals and keep their factories and workshops in working order. In meantime he wasn't spared ritual beatings from camp guards and he inexplicable actions of the Jews who tried to protect themselves by becoming overseers ( Kapos). He spares no one and hides nothing in his story nor should he. Even though familiar there is always something new to be found; a unique perspective relevant to each author, which symbolises the humanity which the Nazis sought to destroy.

As we learn again and again this is the most significant form of resistance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Basically written but good content. Provides a good overall impression of life in ww2 as a prisoner of war in different camps
Published 3 months ago by Mr Martin Warnette
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful
I honestly cannot believe what these brave people were subjected to. Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me how luck i am in my life.
Published 6 months ago by Mr F Teague
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing
This is a very concise memoir. The brutality, deprivation and barbaric cruelty that Icek Kuperberg witnessed and suffered himself hits you like a sledgehammer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Happy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item.
Published 9 months ago by Clifford Ian Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars What a strong man
I visited Poland and with my wife and friends was amazed at the size of Auschwitz we where moved to tears how you survived those camps is beyond me God bless you what a great book... Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very dood read just not long enough
Published 10 months ago by Flex Autos
5.0 out of 5 stars wow why pay
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Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 12 months ago by Mrs C P Lythgoe
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read.
This book will make you think, and be thankful you live now and not then.
Published 12 months ago by Georgina Titmus
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Wowwwwwww I were in tears reading it a very good read plus everyone should read this brilliant book very sad
Published 12 months ago by simon willoughby
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