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by Leon Greenman

Leon Greenman was born in London in 1910. His paternal grandparents were Dutch, and at an early age, after the death of his mother, his family moved to Holland, where Leon eventually settled with his wife, Esther, in Rotterdam. Leon was an antiquarian bookseller, and as such travelled to and from London on a regular basis. In 1938, during one such trip, he noticed people digging trenches in the streets and queuing up for gas masks. He hurried back to Holland with the intention of collecting his wife and return with her to England. The whispers of war were growing louder and louder. In May 1940, Holland was overrun by the Nazis, by which time Leon and his family had been effectively abandoned by the British Consulate and stranded with neither passports nor money. Eventually, they were deported to Birkenau where Esther and their small son, Barney, were gassed on arrival. Leon was chosen with 49 others for slave labor. This book tells the story of Leon's remarkable survival, of the horrors he saw and endured at Auschwitz, Monowitz and during the Death March to Gleiwitz and Buchenwald camp, where he was eventually liberated.
Download Englishman in Auschwitz (Library of Holocaust Testimonies (Paperback)) epub
ISBN: 0853034249
ISBN13: 978-0853034247
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Leon Greenman
Language: English
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell (June 30, 2001)
Pages: 132 pages
ePUB size: 1701 kb
FB2 size: 1335 kb
Rating: 4.2
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I first read the book Remembering: Voices of the Holocaust by Lyn Smith. There were several quotes from Leon Greenman as well as photographs of Leon, his wife and small son. I was intrigued by Leon Greenman's statements so read his book, An Englishman in Auschwitz. I definitely recommend this book. It is a straight forward and moving account of his days at several concentration camps along with a multitude of characters he encountered. His story is amazing and so vivid. Even more amazing is his years afterwards spent devoted to telling others his story and fighting for social justice.
I was privileged to know this inspirational gentleman who sadly died earlier this year (please google him for many obituaries from British press and tv). Leon devoted his life to telling his story and fighting facism as he had vowed to G-d he would do if he survived. Leon was awarded the OBE for his life's work. He lived modestly and although he had many friends, and had a most amazing presence and charisma, I really believe he had a melancholy and lonely heart and never got over losinghis beloved wife Esther and son Barney- read his story, tell it to all who will listen - this is the best tribute to this giant of a 5' man.