The lost boy of Auschwitz:
His story can now be told.
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In 1933 Henry Oster was just 5 years old, a carefree kindergartner in Cologne, Germany, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seized power. For the next 12 years Henry struggled to keep on breathing while his family, his friends and the Jews of Europe were overwhelmed by the Holocaust.
What impels civilized human beings to commit unspeakable crimes against their fellow man? How do the survivors find the strength to go on? Can they ever forgive? Can we ever forget?
The Kindness of the Hangman is the gripping, never-before-written account of one lost German boy, totally alone, clawing to survive in
the tidal wave of Nazi genocide.
Henry hid his mother from the SS in an attic in the Lodz, Poland Ghetto. He escaped a firing squad in Auschwitz. Endured a death march through the Polish winter. Formed a life-long friendship in the nightmare barracks of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Saw his friends killed by a British fighter-bomber. And came within hours of starving to death before his liberation by General Patton's 3rd Army.
Henry rebuilt his life from nothing, coming of age as a free
young man in Paris. He arrived in the U.S. with no English,
no money and no education. And from the ashes of a ruined past
built a life full of love, joy and compassion.
Now, complete with chilling documents liberated
from the Nazi concentration camps themselves,
his heartbreaking, triumphant story can finally be told.
"A raw memoir beyond imagination: one man's account of a child's bewildering,
unbelievable true story. Is there a message? I do not know.
Is there a time for contemplation, for silent reflection? Undoubtedly.
Is there a time for confronting those fools who deny the Holocaust?
Now, always. And forever."
"Henry Oster is more than a survivor. His recounting of coming back from feeling as if he “had died in many ways” is inspiring in its tone of rebirth, fealty to a loving family, honor to his heritage, and a victorious path in regaining control over his life in order to provide hope for a just world in the future."
Linda Rader Overman, PhD
Professor of English; author of Letters Between Us