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on 20 June 2017
The story of Sam Pivnik is simply incredible. Sam is bravely matter-of-fact about what he has been through, but how could he not be, this was his life and this is what he suffered.

Some of the events Sam suffered before the close of the war were so surreal, that they would be farcical if they were not so horrifying: getting a 'backie' of a brutal SS camp commandant on his motorbike, and then living in his parents pigsty and spending an evening with his sister; being shot at in the sea by the RAF <i>and</i> the nazis; fellow inmates sifting through their own excrement for diamonds, believing it would offer them protection.

There is simply far too much to say, and a simple Amazon review could never do Sam, his book, or the nightmare of the war justice.

Sam's humility is admirable, and he is as honest as he is courageous. Survivor reads like a waking nightmare, and of course it was,a terror that thankfully so few people have to experience in this day and age.

If you are like me, you will read large amounts of this book open mouthed, and will finish it much quicker than you expect.

It is sad that Max Schmidt did not face the justice that Sam hoped for. If there is any comfort, no matter how unworthy and insufficient it is, is that many of his tormentors - police, soldiers, kapos (inmate supervisors), judenrate (council workers) - who no doubt deluded themselves they were 'just following orders guv', were tracked down and hunted to the ends of the world.

A huge 5 stars for a story that had to be told. I hope the telling of the book somehow closes a chapter of Sam's life, and brings some sort closure to the great man.
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on 9 February 2013
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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on 26 April 2017
Beautifully written book, interesting to read it from Sam Pivnik's own experience and perspective.
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on 21 April 2013
Where do you start when reviewing this mans epic and incredibly lucky journey from child to man under the evil death machine that was the nazi army. Sam's family and friends do all they can be can't prevent the inevitable that was ulimately the HOLOCAUST of WORLD WAR 2.Praising this book will never do it or the people in it the justice its deserves, but it is a must read for anyone who has a strong intrest in the stories of the survivors
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on 28 April 2017
Powerful and moving account of a Holocaust survivor. Very highly recommended.
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on 13 May 2017
Brilliant addition to any ones library of this genre.
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on 14 November 2013
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. I have felt such sadness and anger all through my life for what happened. This feeling is so much stronger after reading Sam's account and so the book has done the best possible thing for those who didn't survive - helping to ensure we will never forget them.

Thank you Sam. You are a true inspiration.
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on 24 June 2017
GOOD DELIVERY TIME, VERY GOOD BOOK.
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on 10 June 2013
This is a disturbing and shocking account of life in Auschwitz that's well written and compelling. Reading about these events from a personal perspective really helps you to grasp the scale of the brutality and cruelty. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about the holocaus.
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on 2 June 2017
Very Interesting read.
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