Victor Breitburg with Joseph G. Krygier : A Rage To Live:Surviving The Holocaust So Hitler Would Not Win

A Rage To Live:Surviving The Holocaust So Hitler Would Not Win

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History, World War II, Holocaust, Sir Martin Gilbert, Elie Wiesel

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232 pages





Publication Date

March 2012



About the Book    About the Author

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.

Copies of our book have been accepted into the Yad Vashem Library in Jerusalem, The Imperial War Museum in London, The St. Petersburg Fla. Holocaust Museum, The Holocaust Outreach Center-Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton Fla. and The US Holocaust Memorial Library in Washington D.C.

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Editorial Reviews

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 Number: 34

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 … 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

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

Cindy Sparlin ?Executive Assistant?Alliance of Confessing

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.

Knies Erie 1 BOCES

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