The most important and meaningful work I had ever done until that point in my life was the completion of my father’s autobiography, Abe’s Story: A Holocaust Memoir.
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My father, Abram Korn, survived World War II in two Nazi ghettos and at least eight concentration camps. Dad lost his entire family during the Holocaust, including his parents and his two little sisters. There are 35 extended family members on the cover of his book, and Dad was the only one to survive. He came through it all with dignity. Dad was one of the kindest and gentlest human beings I have ever known. My father is my hero.
Dad’s story begins when his hometown of Lipno, Poland, is attacked on the first day of Word War II, Sept. 1, 1939. He and his family spend a year imprisoned in a ghetto until he escapes, never to see his family again. Over the next five years, he is imprisoned in another ghetto and in eight different concentration camps, until he is liberated from Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945. He then spends four years rebuilding his life in Germany, where he met my mother-to-be, Ellie Mueller. Dad & Mom married and moved to America in 1949, where they raised our family and fully realized the American Dream.
Dad’s story is about life, not death. It’s about hope, not despair. It touches the hearts of all who read it. It is perfect for use in middle and high schools, though it certainly isn’t a children’s book.
If you’d like to learn more about my father’s incredible story, please visit the Abe’s Story Web pages in the Cybrary of the Holocaust, the best Holocaust education Web site in the Web.
Powerful. Unforgettable. An inspiration to all who read it.
–Pat Conroy, bestselling
author of Beach Music, Prince of
Tides, and The Great Santini
–Elie Wiesel, Holocaust
survivor, author, and Nobel
Peace Prize laureate
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