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The remarkable autobiography of a Holocaust escapee. “Go on, my son. Maybe you will survive…” Aron Goldfarb was fifteen years old when he was ripped from his bed in Poland and forced to enter a Jewish work camp. Watching helplessly as Nazis murdered his friends and family, he and his brother, Abe, made their courageous escape after hearing rumours of fellow prisoners being e The remarkable autobiography of a Holocaust escapee. “Go on, my son. Maybe you will survive…” Aron Goldfarb was fifteen years old when he was ripped from his bed in Poland and forced to enter a Jewish work camp. Watching helplessly as Nazis murdered his friends and family, he and his brother, Abe, made their courageous escape after hearing rumours of fellow prisoners being executed in gas chambers. With astonishing bravery and an unshakeable will to survive, the brothers hid together in underground holes on an estate controlled by the Gestapo. In this moving testament to the strength of human endurance and the power of relationships, co-written with acclaimed author Graham Diamond, Goldfarb tells his unbelievable true tale at long last. Vivid, compelling and frequently harrowing, Maybe You Will Survive is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the human condition. Marking seventy-five years since the end of the Holocaust and Aron’s liberation, this edition includes a foreword his from sons, Morris & Ira.


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The remarkable autobiography of a Holocaust escapee. “Go on, my son. Maybe you will survive…” Aron Goldfarb was fifteen years old when he was ripped from his bed in Poland and forced to enter a Jewish work camp. Watching helplessly as Nazis murdered his friends and family, he and his brother, Abe, made their courageous escape after hearing rumours of fellow prisoners being e The remarkable autobiography of a Holocaust escapee. “Go on, my son. Maybe you will survive…” Aron Goldfarb was fifteen years old when he was ripped from his bed in Poland and forced to enter a Jewish work camp. Watching helplessly as Nazis murdered his friends and family, he and his brother, Abe, made their courageous escape after hearing rumours of fellow prisoners being executed in gas chambers. With astonishing bravery and an unshakeable will to survive, the brothers hid together in underground holes on an estate controlled by the Gestapo. In this moving testament to the strength of human endurance and the power of relationships, co-written with acclaimed author Graham Diamond, Goldfarb tells his unbelievable true tale at long last. Vivid, compelling and frequently harrowing, Maybe You Will Survive is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the human condition. Marking seventy-five years since the end of the Holocaust and Aron’s liberation, this edition includes a foreword his from sons, Morris & Ira.

30 review for Maybe You Will Survive: A Holocaust Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Neil girtman

    Just an amazement I am so happy that I chose to read this book. All I have to say about this book is i am in all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fantasy and Felines

    This book is touching. I am so happy I decided to borrow this from my neighbor! It is so amazing and touching! I fell in love with this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette D Lucas

    Amazing Wonderful story, slightly different to other holocaust stories I have read. The bond of the brothers is incredible. Shame about the typing and grammar errors

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah B White

    A Poignant Statement- Maybe You Will Survive This is the story of a Jewish boy and the things he did to survive World War II in Poland. It is full of graphic details about how the young boy was able to survive the war and extermination efforts by the Nazis. He had to beg for food and lived in a hole in a field with straw to protect him. Mice and then rats joined him in the hole and took what little food he had been able to obtain. This is definitely a book I will never forget.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    An amazing read I enjoyed this book immensely. The history, the struggle, the depth. It was a trip back in time to a much different time and place. A place of terror and helplessness, but of hope. I cried and was disgusted, but cheered and was hopeful for Aron. I recommend this book to anyone who may be interested in seeing WWII from the polish aspect and experience a view from an escapee.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ellen jane wynegar

    The Author takes you right there. The story plot was frightening and suspenseful. The description of the final battle between the Soviets and the Nazis was detailed and excellent. The escapees analysis of possible citizens who might help them was wonderful. You are made to feel the same emotions of the escapees, disappointment, when they are let down by citizens who could help. You are enchanted with those who helped the escapees right under the noses of the Nazis.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacky

    This book was well written and you could engage with the characters I enjoyed the fact that Aaron and. Abe throughout all. They endured remained strong and helped each other and had support of some good friends I think they are an inspiration for all they had been through and. Managed to achieve latter on in their lives. Well done.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Surviving the madness From Poland to the concentration camps to hiding in a bunker in the winter and finally to freedom in Israel and finally to America Aaron and his brother Abe survived. He learned to survive when survival was impossible. He learned that some are evil and others are good. Most of all he learned to live again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Gilmore

    ? I am truly amazed how all survived the whole thing! I'm so happy for the ones who survived to tell their story to the world,saddened for the ones that didn't ! We can never never allow this to happen ever again. Beautifully written book. Hope all of you are at peace and happy! 💓✌🌞

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    3 of 5 stars. A good book overall. It sometimes read as a fictional portrayal of a non-fictional event. The foundational story is inspiring and moving. However, I found the quoted conversations and some of the imagery too frequent or too over-the-top, to the point it sometimes distracted from the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ganessa Press

    Unbelievable bravery and resilience The true story surrounding Aron, his family, and the atrocities they went through during the Nazi reign, is both heartbreaking and wonderfully uplifting. No one should dare complain about trivial life problems after reading about the horrors these people experienced for months and years during the Holocaust. God bless them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Glenys Holter

    Harrowing tale of survival This writing is a harrowing tale of survival. It has heartwrenching drama and devilish deeds of the Nazi regime. I highly recommend reading this book of you are interested in survival stories of the WWII oppressed Jewish people.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janet Cardillo

    Enthralling story It's hard to fathom how these 3 brothers made it, but the detail with how they managed without food and warm shelter illustrates the tenacity of life. I enjoyed the story and the afterword.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rick Northrup

    New twist on the Holocaust survivers Aaron and Abe, two survivors with a bond so strong imprinted by their father, could only survive as a team, and never lost focus of that fact. Wonderfully written !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Survival This story made me cry! It continually amazed me that anyone survived at all. I just can't imagine all they went though. I'm so happy that they were able to find other family members. Please God may we never repeat this history!

  16. 4 out of 5

    denise

    Surviving Wonderful book of you are interested in the lives of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. It is horrible to read what these people went through. Thank God for the survivors who went thru hell, but did survive.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ann Smith

    Maybe... I chose this rating because it is well written, and tells the truth about the atrocities committed by the nazis upon the Jewish people during WWII. This should on every high school library shelf in America.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Neilson

    Humbling It is difficult to grasp the pain and suffering of Jewish people during WW2 this is a small taste. I am in awe of the perseverance and determination. I don't think I would have been able to endure that journey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Russell G Edwards

    Excellent account of jewish trials during ww2 A jewish family suffers countless episodes of prejudice and persecution in Poland. They eventually arrive in the holy land and from there to America.

  20. 5 out of 5

    S L Morgan

    A sad story of guts and determination It’s nice to read a book about the holocaust that doesn’t focus around Auchwitz. This family suffered so much heartbreak and yet showed the most tenacity and bravery ever. A great read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Hammond

    I love reading anything about the Holocaust & still find it hard to comprehend that these stories are true, how these poor people had to fight for their survival just for being a Jew. This was a fab little read I found on Amazon Prime & comes highly recommended from me. I love reading anything about the Holocaust & still find it hard to comprehend that these stories are true, how these poor people had to fight for their survival just for being a Jew. This was a fab little read I found on Amazon Prime & comes highly recommended from me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Berg

    Excellent read I felt this book did a great job in helping to raise awareness over the Holocaust. I feel like I know these brothers like my own brothers. I thought it was amazing to find their brothers remains and t o give him a proper burial finally. I highly recommend this book

  23. 4 out of 5

    sabrina briggs

    Goodread Very easy to follow and captivating in not not wanting to put it down. Ended as it should have with the families left in Israel or the US. Plus finding some of their killed family and properly burying them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alton Cornella

    Good Memoir--Worth Reading Reminded me of all I have and the peaceful life I have enjoyed. This could easily happen again. People in the U.S. need to read this and protect the Constitution.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jerry D.

    We should never forget The horror of the Nazi engineered holocaust nor the Russian pogroms that followed. This is a triumph for those that survived and a testament to all that suffered so much

  26. 5 out of 5

    kate

    A Survivors Story Well written and well paced story. It always amazes me that anyone was able to survive the horrors of the holocaust. Interesting story of courage and determination.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Brooks

    Good It was a very good book. I am very sorry for all of the pain suffering of all the people who suffered during WWII in Europe. These people had great courage.

  28. 4 out of 5

    E S Hassan

    Must Read I urge everyone to read this book it needs to be told to the younger generations although very sad because of what they went through

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie Howard

    Such a touching book of survival and overcoming

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Maybe You Will Survive: A Holocaust Memoir is by Aron Goldfarb and Graham Diamond. This memoir is one of the best I have read lately. It tells the story of three brothers who survive the Holocaust in Poland. Aron Goldfarb was born in Bialobrzegi, Poland to a Rabbi and his wife. She died when he was still young. He was one of five sons and two daughters. When the Germans invaded Poland, he was fifteen. One of his older brothers, Jacob, had left for Russia hoping for something better. Yitzhak and Maybe You Will Survive: A Holocaust Memoir is by Aron Goldfarb and Graham Diamond. This memoir is one of the best I have read lately. It tells the story of three brothers who survive the Holocaust in Poland. Aron Goldfarb was born in Bialobrzegi, Poland to a Rabbi and his wife. She died when he was still young. He was one of five sons and two daughters. When the Germans invaded Poland, he was fifteen. One of his older brothers, Jacob, had left for Russia hoping for something better. Yitzhak and Abe, the two other older brothers had been taken by the SS to work for them in their headquarters in nearby Sucha. Aron was taken to work on the powerlines near Sucha and was eventually reunited with Yitzhak and Abe in Sucha. The rest of the family was taken to Treblinka and killed. Abe, Aron, and Yitzhak decided to escape from the camp at Pionki where they had been sent. Along with Zisman Birman and Mendl, they managed to escape and ran as far as they could. They split with Birman and Mendl and headed for their grandfather’s home in Bickosha Wale where some of the extended family was supposedly in hiding. They were not there and had been taken. The three headed back towards Pionki to give themselves up. However, they instead met back with Birman. He and Yitzhak went into town to meet with someone to help them; but it turns out they are killed. Instead of turning themselves in, Abe and Aron head to Kletki, a nearby town where a man named Koptera lived. They hoped he would help them and indeed, he did. From July 44 to January 45, they survived hiding in a bunker beneath the snow -ground or in the attic of an ice barn. With what little food they could scrounge and get from friends, they nearly starved and froze to death. However, they did survive. Now to leave Poland, find a safe haven, and hope their brother comes home. This memoir is exciting because it deals with hiding in the woods under very adverse conditions.

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