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The Touch of an Angel (Hardback)

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The Touch of an Angel is the extraordinary story of a child's survival of the Holocaust. Henryk Schoenker was born into a Jewish family in Krakow, Poland, in 1931, but when he was a small boy, his family moved to Oswiecim, renamed Auschwitz during the German occupation. At the height of Nazi oppression, when nothing but luck and a strong will to survive could save Jewish people, both he and his family managed to escape death, even in the cauldron of the Holocaust in Auschwitz. Schoenker's testimony reveals an even more astonishing fact, however: the town of Oswiecim could have become the departure point for a mass emigration of Jewish people instead of the place of their annihilation. Documents included with the narrative provide support for this claim. Although he was only a child at the time, Henryk Schoenker's life experience was the Holocaust. Even so, death and the threat of death are not the focus of this memoir. Instead, Schoenker, with a touching personal style, chooses to focus on how life can defy destruction, how spirituality can protect physical existence, and how real the presence of higher powers can be if one never loses faith. His story has been made into an award-winning documentary film in Polish and German, The Touch of an Angel, directed by Marek T. Pawlowski.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsGenocide & ethnic cleansingThe Holocaust Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 08/12/2020 ISBN-13: 9780253050335  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Henryk Schoenker (1931-2019) was a mechanical engineer in Poland and Austria. He worked in the aeronautical industry after immigrating to Israel in 1961. In his later years, he became a painter and writer. Scotia Gilroy is a literary translator.

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