Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

Job: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

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Only as a result of a meeting with Seymour and Rebecca Fromer in 1986 did I consider writing about my experiences during the Holocaust. It is not easy for me to relive the terrors of my past and it is especially difficult to put in black ink on white paper my painful yesteryears.

I met Seymour and Rebecca in 1986 at the Anne Frank Exhibit in the Museum of the Holocaust in Los Angeles. As a docent, I spoke about Anne Frank’s life as well as my own, discussing the differences and similarities of our experiences. My talk lasted about a quarter of an hour. Afterwards I spoke with the visitors, at which time Seymour and Rebecca approached me. They asked kindly why I had not written of my experiences, saying my story was unusual and too important to be forgotten. I said I was uncertain, but possibly because I did not have the time or patience.

Their encouragement resulted in my writing this book. It was a difficult process, taking over six years to complete. For the first few weeks, whenever I sat down to write, I could do nothing but cry. The memories of suffering were still so fresh. I needed a little more time to forget.

When at last I began, I wrote for only a few nights at a time, forced to stop and regain my strength. As the past came back to me, often I could not sleep. I would run out of the bedroom to keep my wife, Helen, from seeing what I went through. It was terrifying to relive the moments of pain. Now, I do not know if I would have the patience to do it over.

Yes, finally I finished my life story which will be judged by readers now and by future generations.

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