Books by Victor Breitburg with Joseph G. Krygier
About the Author
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Victor Breitburg is a survivor of the Lódz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Rhemsdorf and Theresienstadt concentration camps. He was liberated with a group known as “The Boys”. Their experiences have been documented in Sir Martin Gilbert’s Book, The Boys:Triumph Over Adversity. Victor and many of “The Boys” are still in contact with one another, although as it is with WWII veterans, their numbers are slowly diminishing.Victor’s journey from Lódz, to the camps in Europe, to England, Scotland and the United States and his new life in America is the story told in this volume.He is a widower, having been married to his beloved wife Lucille for sixty years. At 86 years old, he occasionally speaks on Yom HaShoa. He has written some poems and short stories.
Joseph Krygier is the Pastor of New Covenant Baptist Fellowship in Buffalo, New York.
He has written about and been engaged in cross-cultural ministry for over thirty years. He has taught in Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Australia. His current overseas ministry is Theos Doulos Church Planting Movement, training pastors in the Philippines on the island of Mindanao. Before becoming ordained, he was involved in theater, dance and lighting design. He is currently writing a one-man play, Chagrined, based on this book. He is married to Deborah, who works for the Buffalo Public Schools and has a son Aaron, who is pursuing a career as a writer and an actor.
“There are many ethnic peoples, and within those ethnic peoples there are many cultures that make up this world in which we live. However, we are all of one blood, and of one race—the Human Race. The Holocaust was an event that was full of horrors and heroism, contradictions and confirmations, apathy and sympathy. Some may question the authenticity of the events of some Holocaust survivors lives, and for that reason, I am particularly attracted to what Elie Wiesel says, “Some stories are true that never happened.” Joseph G. Krygier
Reviews and Endorsements
“Why did I have to read this book to know that the "day that will live in infamy" included the first act of Hitler's "final solution"? I was sitting outside reading, in the shade of a big old tree, and I read the lines several times. I immediately wondered if the Nazis and Japanese had an agreement. I mourn the children that were "resettled."I mourn those who went into the ovens. And I mourn the youth of Victor Breitburg, because he never got to have one. To see his mother and his siblings turn to the right and disappear forever must have been unbearable; but I admire his strong survival instinct and his ability to work hard on almost no food and no encouragement. For a moment I was reminded of Ivan Denisovitch. When the young Hungarian boy was shot for gleaning a spoon of sugar, Victor asks, "Where was the almighty to permit things like this to happen?" Well, where? I wondered if Victor has any real faith in God, after what he went through. I don't have many criticisms of this fine book. Perhaps I could have done with a little less of his and Lucille's travels, but I don't know if I could. But I loved the explanation of Diana Lubarsky's sculptures.” 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards Judge Number34
Facebook: "My good friend Joseph Krygier has co-authored this informative and compelling account of a young Jewish man's struggle to survive Hitler's insane desire to exterminate the Jews. I was riveted from beginning to end." Moe Bergeron- Pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship Church, Boscowan New Hampshire
Dear Mr. Krygier We would be very pleased to receive an electronic copy of the book. Please send it to email@example.com … If it is possible we'd also like a hardcopy. Thank you for writing to us. Dr. Robert Rozett Director of the Libraries Yad Vashem
My copy has arrived, Mr. Krygier. What a superb job you did. As a person who has worked on the contemporaneous as well as memoiristic writings from the Lodz Ghetto for many years, I certainly congratulate you for making this valuable contribution to the literature. Thank you and all best wishes, Alan Adelson: Executive Director: Jewish Heritage
Jewish Gen Lodz KehilaLinks readers are very familiar with poignant writings of Lodz Ghetto survivor Victor Breitburg. On this website, he shares several powerful testimonies about his moving experiences during the Holocaust. He was one of the “The Boys” liberated from Theresienstadt who Sir Martin Gilbert wrote about in The Boys: Triumph Over Adversity. Now he tells it all in this important book written with Joseph G. Krygier. The book also contains pictures of exquisite sculptures by D. K. Lubarsky which can be viewed on the website along with photos of Victor’s life and a few taken during the preparation of this book…this book captures what a truly incredible person he was during the hardest period and at such a young age. His sense of honor, compassion, and generosity through out his life, especially given what he's gone through, are commendable. He and Joe are a perfect fit. I look forward to attending the play, Chargrined, which will be based on the book. Mazel Tov to both of you!! Kudos!" Roni Seibel Liebowitz from JewishGen
Wow, this is incredible for Yad Vashem to request a copy. That's the highest praise of all for your important testimony and writing. Warmest wishes, Rabbi Micah (Micah Greenstein-Temple Israel, Memphis Tn.)
A Rage to Live made me feel like I was sitting in a diner with Victor Breitburg hearing his account of the Holocaust. What I like about him is that he sits comfortably without dwelling on sadness, and his past suffering only prefaces his present and future. From the ghetto to freedom and on to good works and forgiveness, Victor's Rage to Live is an inspiration. Pastor J. Shearhart 5 Stars Amazon
"Last evening I finished reading Rage to Live. (I’m a slow reader!) Mr. Breitburg’s life story is very interesting and a such lesson for us all. Thank you for your heart in compiling this piece – it cannot have been easy writing, but flowed so well and so intensely that I did not want to put it down. Though many times I needed to just to think through what I had just read. I am so glad I received your notification via email – otherwise I might have missed this great pearl in the sea of SO many new books! As you can imagine at the Alliance we are flooded with new book lists – if I only had time to read them all. I wish you all the best with the play version. Cindy Sparlin Executive Assistant Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
"This is a story that needed to be told, and it needed to be told now. If anything it is understated. The reader comes away feeling, even knowing that Victor has held back at least some of the horror. It is the story of a life, and the perspective is a historical one from the rear-view mirror as it were. There is a reality, an emotive earthiness, and a humanness to the tale of Victor's life that flows from his honesty and openness. I am grateful that my friend Joe Krygier played a role in bringing Victor's life story to publication. Perhaps this will encourage others who also have valuable Holocaust life stories to get them published for posterity." By J. Jeffery on Amazon 5 Stars
"Hello Joe…just wanted you to know I read your book with great interest. In fact, I read it so fast I am going to read it again so I can absorb so much more. I do hope you will continue with "Chagrined". Your idea of perhaps a one act play that travels to many different audiences would be awesome!!! Hope you have great success." Marilyn Knies Erie 1 BOCES