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By chance alone : a remarkable true story of courage and survival at Auschwitz

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Call Number940.53161 E36b
Dates2017; ©2016
Statement of ResponsibilityMax Eisen.
Creators & ContributorsEisen, Max (author)
Summary"In the spring of 1944, gendarmes forcibly removed Tibor 'Max' Eisen and his family from their home, brought them to a brickyard, and eventually loaded them onto crowded cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau. At fifteen years of age, Eisen survived the selection process and was inducted into the camp as a slave labourer. More than seventy years after the Nazi camps were liberated by the Allies, By Chance Alone details Eisen's story of survival: the back-breaking slave labour in Auschwitz I, the infamous 'death march' in January 1945, the painful aftermath of liberation, and Eisen's journey of physical and psychological healing. Ultimately, the book offers a message of hope as the author finds his way to a new life in Canada." —Back cover
  1. Childhood in Czechoslovakia
  2. Summers on the Farm
  3. Big Changes
  4. Life under Hungarian Rule
  5. A Year of Birth and Death
  6. The Final Seder
  7. The Train
  8. Arrival in Auschwitz II-Birkenau
  9. Arbeit Macht Frei
  10. Draining Swamps
  11. Walking Ghosts
  12. A Piece of Bacon
  13. Selections, July 1944
  14. Land Reclamation Outside Auschwitz
  15. The Operating Room
  16. Surgeries in Barrack 21
  17. A Pot of Stew
  18. The Destruction of Crematorium 4
  19. Death March
  20. Melk, Ebensee, and Liberation
  21. Ebensee, After Liberation
  22. From České Budějovice to Moldava
  23. Emotional and Physical Healing
  24. Marienbad
  25. Prague
  26. Return to Košice
  27. Ebelsberg DP Camp
  28. Canada
Physical Description xii, 276 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherToronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
NotesIncludes bibliographical references
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Shannon LaBelle & Kevin Forbes