This book is an autobiography of Albert Haas and his experiences in the Second World War, when he was captured by the Nazis for being a member of the French Resistance, and imprisoned in various concentration camps. He survived partly because he hid the fact that he was Jewish, partly because he as a physician, partly due to his determination to be reunited with his wife and son, and partly through sheer luck, courage and willpower.
The scenes described at times can make very difficult reading. It is hard to imagine that this kind of inhumanity could ever have existed. After the torture and conditions that most inmates endured, it would seem the ones led straight to the gas chamber on arrival could be described as the lucky ones.
This is an extremely important book, and should be much better known than it is. Society should never be allowed to forget the lessons of the past, and the end results of discrimination and persecution. It is through the personal testomonies of people such as Albert Haas that serve to remind us so it will neither be forgotten nor repeated.