Survivor’s Journey From the Alps to the Red Sea: World War 2 Holocaust Survivor Memoir

February 24, 2020

An orphan boy. Life under a fake identity. A heroic tale of survival.

Marek Herman’s life had not easy from the beginning.

And yet, not even growing up an orphan in the city of Lvov, Poland, had prepared him for what the future had in store.

Nazi Germany invades Poland in 1939 and changes the lives of people in the entire continent.

Jews instantly come under persecution. In order to save himself, Marek, lives under a borrowed identity, and crosses the border into Italy together with the Italian soldiers who were stationed in Poland.

A chance encounter he happens to witness, completely transforms the rest of his life.

Marek immediately joins the resistance in Northern Italy, where the Jewish boy fights side by side with his new friends, the anti-fascist fighters.

Survivor’s Journey From the Alps to the Red Sea is a spine-tingling book of memoirs, describing Marek Herman’s life, heroism and hope for a better future during all the vicissitudes he goes through from Poland, through the Alps, and all the way to the Red Sea.

 

An inspirational memoir of a man’s triumph against all the odds.

Reviewed by Piaras on February 23, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews

Survivor’s Journey From the Alps to the Red Sea by the late Marek Herman is a powerful and inspirational story about a man’s triumph over incredible adversary. He wrote an exceptional survival memoir about the holocaust and painted for the reader an all-encompassing human dramatization of love, loss and survival in a very vivid and compelling way. It was a brilliant read that will leave you feeling like a better person for having read it.

His biography speaks for itself: ‘Marek was born in Lvov in 1927. Following the German occupation of the city, and thanks to his Aryan appearance, was able to flee to Italy aided by Italian soldiers. In September 1943, when Italy surrendered, he was captured by the Germans. He escaped, joined the partisans, and then became a member of an American OSS (Office of Strategic Services) unit.

In 1948, during the Israel War of Independence, Marek joined the Eighth Battalion of the Negev Brigade. He was an instructor and platoon sergeant in the IDF and, after completing the combat sergeants’ course, became a platoon commander in the 52nd Battalion of the Givati Brigade. He served as secretary of the economy and coordinator of Aliyah of the Kibbutz. Marek was a Member of Kibbutz Lohamei Hageta’ot, where he lived until his death in November 2019.’

Each Holocaust survivor has a unique and individual story. However, these survivor’s stories didn’t end in 1945. They continue through to the present day. Their testimonies provide us with an understanding of how the events of the Holocaust have shaped their lives and are an ongoing testimony to the strength of the human spirit. I would highly recommend this extraordinary and inspirational autobiography. A well-deserved five stars from me.

Marek Herman 1927 – 2019. RIP

 

 

Marek was born in Lvov in 1927. Following the German occupation of the city, and thanks to his Aryan appearance, was able to flee to Italy aided by Italian soldiers.

In September 1943, when Italy surrendered, he was captured by the Germans. He escaped, joined the partisans, and then became a member of an American OSS (Office of Strategic Services) unit.

In 1948, during the Israel War of Independence, Marek joined the Eighth Battalion of the Negev Brigade. He was an instructor and platoon sergeant in the IDF and, after completing the combat sergeants’ course, became a platoon commander in the 52nd Battalion of the Givati Brigade.

Marek was a Member of Kibbutz Lohamei Hageta’ot, where he lived until his death in November 2019. He served as secretary of the economy and coordinator of Aliyah of the Kibbutz.

His book Survivor’s Journey From the Alps to the Red Sea, is an autobiography.

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