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by Salomon Isacovici,Juan Manuel Rodriguez,Dick Gerdes

"A poignant, groundbreaking memoir that links the Holocaust and its aftermath to the safe haven that opened for camp survivors in Latin America at mid-century. The controversy surrounding the collaboration between Isacovici and Rodríguez remains an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the thorny path of Jewish-Hispanic relations worldwide."-Ilan Stavans "Distinguished by geography as well as by its painful testimony. . . . Much of the memoir's early drama involves the creeping Nazi threat opposing Jews' wishful thinking-that the war might be ending and that 'it can't happen here.' . . . The author's family is shattered in Birkenau, but he survives Auschwitz with jobs peeling potatoes and mining coal at Jaworno, and he survives a gruesome death march as the Soviets advance. Isacovici is able to rejoin two brothers in a fruitless return to the family farm and to many European cities in search of a haven. He then joins the family of a woman with whom he has a serious romance, who end up with visas for Ecuador, where he feels an empathy for the suffering of the local Indians. . . . This account tells an unforgettable and unique story."-Kirkus Reviews Salomon Isacovici died in 1998. Dick Gerdes is a professor of Spanish at George Mason University. Man of Ashes was first published in Mexico in 1990 as A7393: Hombre de cenizas and was awarded the Fernando Jeno Prize.
Download Man of Ashes (Texts and Contexts) epub
ISBN: 0803273932
ISBN13: 978-0803273931
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Salomon Isacovici,Juan Manuel Rodriguez,Dick Gerdes
Language: English
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2001)
Pages: 244 pages
ePUB size: 1774 kb
FB2 size: 1252 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 327
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This book will stay with you for some time after you read it. Fans of Primo Levi will find the approach fairly familiar, but here Isacovici pours out his whole story in a single tome. You're first transported to the carefree and then less carefree days in pre-war Romania, getting a sense of life along the river. Then the darkness sets in, and Isacovici vividly recounts his stories of surviving what's too horrific to really imagine. He's one of the lucky ones of course, making it out and ultimately arriving in Ecuador, but some injustices he witnesses there are too galling for him especially after everything he lived through.

While it's not one of the better known Holocaust memoirs, and I only discovered it in The Ecuador Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The Latin America Readers), his story is one worth remembering.
This is a book that must be read by anyone interested in the Holocaust and Jewish life. It is unlike any Holocaust autobiography in that it involves Jewish life in South America. Even after living through the tragedies of the Holocaust Salomon Encourages joy and happiness. As a College student, and as Salomon's grandson this book touched my life in a very special way.