Translated into English for the first time, this book is a personal story of a teenage boy in the concentration camps of the Holocaust. Israel Rosengarten writes with no historical pretension beyond the insight his own experience provides about everyday life and the horrors of the camps.
His memoir begins with his deportation in 1942 to the Belgium concentration camp of Breendonk at the age of sixteen and follows his movements through a series of camps until 1945. The book concludes with the Auschwitz death march and the author’s return to Belgium, only to discover that he was the lone survivor of a family of seven.
Rosengarten survived his 1,000 days of incarceration through incredible coincidences, miracles, and by his fierce struggle to emerge from this atrocious nightmare.