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Unknown Hero of the Holocaust: 5'2" Jewish Farmer Escaped From Nazi Slavery to Become Ruler of a Conquered Enemy Town
FT. LAUDERDALE: He was a slave, then a bounty hunter who captured hundreds of Nazis and their weapons and turned them over to the Russian Army. He ran the labor camp holding his former tormentors. He was a linguist, thief, horse trainer, assassin, smuggler, political agitator, overlord of a captured town. And he was an escaped fugitive with a huge price on his head. These are a few of the "job descriptions" Aaron Herskowitz held during World War II.Aaron Herskowitz in Czech Army, age 22, in 1936
In a dramatic moment, this slight man, just 5'2", may have single-handedly changed the outcome of a major battle; he engineered the retreat of the Germans and their Hungarian allies before the Russian onslaught, directly countermanding Hitler's orders. A few weeks later, the Nazis surrendered at Stalingrad.
Superhuman? No. Just the right combination of skills, pluck, and a whole lot of luck, who managed to evade almost-certain death not just once, but time after time—who even managed to reunite with his beloved after years of absence—Aaron, a slave on the battlefield, Helen, imprisoned in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen—hundreds of miles away from their birthplace.
Helen, the most beautiful woman in Czechoslovakia, in 1945, and wedding photo of Aaron and Helen in Carlsbad, in 1946.
This is the remarkable story of a true hero of the Holocaust: an imperfect man with plenty of flaws, huge courage, astonishing luck, and a survival instinct strong enough to defy all odds—but ultimately overcame his moral challenges by staying true to his humanity.
358-page trade paperback with 24 photos and 18 maps
Available from bookstores nationwide or online. For more information visit www.aaronsjourney.com
Aaron's Journey--From Slave to Master (Crown Publications, 2010) is told by the only person who could have told it: Aaron's son, attorney Howard Herskowitz. Howard spent years interviewing his father, researching and verifying the information, and organizing Aaron's dramatic story into a gripping true adventure.
About the Author
Howard Herskowitz has been a practicing trial lawyer for over 25 years in Broward County, Florida. He has presented numerous cases before the courts, and he has had extensive experience speaking before large and small audiences. The speaking engagements have ranged from the legal system to lectures and speeches about history, concentrating on the Civil War and World War II in libraries and schools and other special events. He has had a passionate interest in the above two Wars his entire life.
What People Are Saying
Gem of a memoir…this magnificent work stands as a monument…how this one remarkable man succeeded by luck, courage and ingenious imagination, in surviving and triumphing over the horrific ordeals inflicted upon him…a must read.
—Col. David M. Glantz, US Army (ret.), historian and renowned expert on World War II
You have chronicled the most compelling saga of your father's nightmare struggle.
—Hon. Tom Lantos, Member of US Congress and Holocaust survivor (deceased)
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