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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Toby Press LLC, The (21 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592644406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592644407
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ernst Israel Bornstein had been eighteen when his world collapsed; youthful adaptability self-possession and above all, luck, combined to preserve his husk in seven work camps which might have been modeled on the sequence of Dante's circles of hell. --The Times Literary Supplement

Unless you think it would be a good thing for us to forget about the Nazi Holocaust, you should read this crucial testimony. It is a terrifying personal account of an unspeakable but clinical horror, all the more powerful for being told with remarkable self-restraint. A reminder that in the twenty-first century that we forget at our peril --Jonathan Dimbleby

Dr Bornstein is both restrained and graphic at the same time. Seen through the eyes of one man the horror is magnified and reminds us that each one of the millions had lives and hope before the Holocaust. It is about what could have been as much as what happened. This is a first-hand account, a testimony that must be handed to the next generation to treasure, respect and remember. --Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues

About the Author

Dr. Ernst Israel Bornstein was born in Zawiercie, a city in the Silesian province of southern Poland (60km from Auschwitz) on the 26th of November 1922. He was the oldest of four children. He was incarcerated in seven concentration camps, enduring the infamous death march until finally being liberated by American soldiers near Lake Starnberg in Bavaria on the 30th of April 1945. Thereafter,he lived in Munich, Germany, studied at the University of Munich graduating as a Dentist (Dr. Med Dent) in 1952 and as a Doctor of Medicine (Dr. Med) in 1958. He practiced as an oral surgeon. Dr. Bornstein died on the 14 August 1978 aged 55. Dr. Bornstein was the founder of the Association of Ex-Concentration Camp Inmates in Munich, whose chairman he remained until he died, was a member of the executive committee of the Jewish Community in Munich and chairman of the Consortium of Associations of Persecutees in Bavaria. He originally wrote this book, Die Lange Nacht (The Long Night) shortly after the War,setting out his Holocaust experiences, whilst his memories were fresh and his feelings raw. This book was originally published in Germany, in 1967.

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