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Survivor: Auschwitz, the Death March and My Fight for Freedom [Paperback]

Sam Pivnik
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6 Jun 2013

Sam Pivnik's life story is a classic testimony of Holocaust survival.

In 1939, on his thirteenth birthday, Sam Pivnik's life changed forever when the Nazis invaded Poland. He survived the two ghettoes set up in his home town of Bedzin and six months on Auschwitz's notorious Rampkommando where prisoners were either taken away for entry to the camp or gassing. After this harrowing experience he was sent to work at the brutal Furstengrube mining camp. He could have died on the 'Death March' that took him west as the Third Reich collapsed and he was one of only a handful of people who swam to safety when the Royal Air Force sank the prison ship Cap Arcona, in 1945, mistakenly believing it to be carrying fleeing members of the SS.

Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144475839X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444758399
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This vivid memoir'. (Peter Condradi, Sunday Times)

Sixty-seven years after the end of the war, by which point the extent of Hitler's death camps have been fully exposed, we've heard it all before, read the book, seen the movie. Yet we haven't. That's the thing about human stories: each is unique. Sam's is remarkable. Not just the death camps, but his escape from them. And that he could build a life afterwards. (The Big Issue)

'The tale is frank, brutal and horrifying...The fear seems real, and smells real'. (Good Book Guide)

Powerful, absorbing and - tragically - entirely truthful, Hollocaust survivor Sam Pivnik is a remarkable storyteller. (Daniel Wittenberg Ham & High)

Frank, brutal and horrifying. (The Good Book Guide)

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Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really inspiring book, unbelivabale story 16 Sep 2012
By anita G
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a story that had to be told. A terrible time in history. Parts of it beggar belief of how people can behave in the way the Nazis did. Puts paid to any holocaust revision and denial. Should be read by everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books with Amazon 9 Dec 2012
By Ted
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
wouldn't buy books anywhere else - always use Amazon. This was a gift and arrived quickly. Marvellous read. People complain about life today !!! - well, read this and stop moaning. The thought of suffering like this and surviving through it, inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 22 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
A thoroughly absorbing read that vividly evokes Sam's personal experience of Auschwitz and all its horrors. It is also a very illuminating account of what it is like to live in a country under occupation, told from the perspective of a young boy.Survivor: Auschwitz, the Death March and My Fight for Freedom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honoured to spend time with Sam 9 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sam's story is incredible. how he survived so many close calls is itself amazing. The book is extremely well written and i couldn't put it down. I have the good fortune of spending time with Sam and his willingness to talk and write about his experiences is helping me heal from my own trauma, passed on from my father, also an Auschwitz survivor, but one who is unable to speak of the horrors. Thank-you Sam for finding the courage to do this. If only mankind could learn and stop repeating these horrors, but sadly we don't. Cambodia, Rwanda, Dafur.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power in ordinariness 2 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Miraculously there are a number of remarkable books written by survivors of the Holocaust. However, I strongly recommend reading this one because of its power through ordinariness. Sam Pivnik describes in almost detached prose how he moved from living a contented family life in a Polish town near the German border, to being part of a ghetto in that same town, through to surviving different Nazi death camps and then building a new life, first in Israel and then as an art dealer in post-war London. What is striking is how purely descriptive his account is. The book is largely free of judgement of values or ethics or indeed even emotion. The characters he encounters seem to have simply put on costumes to play their roles and are capable of frightening switches as circumstances require. One striking example is his fearsome Nazi guard who Pivnik later encounters in the role of the local farmer who offers him shelter.

Hence the power of the book: ordinary people transformed by circumstance, in a matter-of-fact way, to perform inhuman acts and most disturbing of all, to seemingly reintegrate seamlessly into daily life. Sam Pivnik is clearly a remarkable man, a survivor by his own justified book title. There appears to be little anger, despair or vengeance in him. What I could not discern is whether this is the result of a remarkable peace emerging from indescribable loss or an extraordinary and persistent ability to isolate himself from all that surrounds him. Whatever the answer, he has undoubtedly added a stunning account of the best and worst of the human condition when tested in the severest of circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true story, could not put it down 15 Feb 2013
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I chose this rating of five stars because this true story of Sam Pivnik was excellent, i could not stop reading this book, i read it twice in first month, it was true but heartbreaking
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5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable 9 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
The way this book has been written is absolutely riveting. It draws you in from the very beginning of the war and how it enters Sam's innocent carefree world. how it infiltrates his family, neighbours and friend's lives, and how it gradually ruins everything around him. He writes in a very matter of fact way and you are carried along on his horrendous journey. He went through Hell. It sounds as though he is a charming and cheerful man now, with God-knows-what sort of nightmares. My Dad was a Catholic survivor, and Sam's way of talking and writing reminds me very much of my Dad. It would be an absolute honour to meet someone like Sam and to be able to shake his hand. He is to be much admired for his inner and outer strength and I do pray that he now leads a happy and settled life. A really wonderful and thought provoking book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for most European countries. 13 Nov 2012
By Eliezer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A must read by most of the European countries about the problems that prevailed upon a minority people that were attacked and abused from outside as well as inside their country.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Brought this for my Dad
He likes to read all sorts of true war time fiction and non fiction and wasn't disappointed with this book at all.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted, but this is compulsive...
I've read a few books about the concentration camps, but this is the 'best' yet, if you understand my use of the word. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alice B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of survival in the face of extreme adversity
A really good read, some very graphic descriptions of the horrors of the death camps, but one of the best I've read on this area. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr S T Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars That human beings could treat others in this way, leaves me...
An eye opening read that leaves you disgusted with humanity.
The sad thing Is that I'm not sure that it would be much different today.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs G Brothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Capitvating and humbling
I purchased this book after my trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, as I found myself intrigued and wanted to hear more from someone who had been through the ordeal. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aimee Malters
5.0 out of 5 stars They should always be remembered and this book has done the most to...
An unbelievable journey that is so difficult to comprehend. However Sam and his team have managed to take us by the hand to try and show the horrors inflicted. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This is a great read for anyone interested in the holocaust. The book brings to life the real life experience of this dreadful event in history.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Carol Pipkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivor
Very well written true story on the Holocaust! A shocking story about terrible accounts that give you nightmares! Above all triumph over such atrocities!
Published 6 months ago by Michiboo
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing account
Every young person should read this book lest we forget what happened and to ensure it will never happen again
Published 6 months ago by Ms Celia Mary Skellett
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book
The book is aptly titled. It is incredible that Sam survived the events described in it, any number of which could have led to the end of his life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Siniolo
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