A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

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Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A LUCKY CHILD. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.

Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A LUCKY CHILD is a book that demands to be read by all.
 

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Thomas Buergenthal is a judge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he served as the first US Judge and later, President, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He has also served as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. He has authored over a dozen books on international law, and is the subject of a biography, entitled Tommy, by the Norwegian humanitarian and UNICEF founder, Odd Nansen. Judge Buergenthal was also the co-recipient of the 2008 Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize.
 
Published April 7, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Separated from his father—whom he never saw again—taken to the hospital camp and marked, he believed, for death, Buergenthal was befriended by a young Polish doctor who saved him.

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The Telegraph

“Back in her arms I could be a child again!” This is the child who, finally convinced that the Soviet soldiers haven’t played a trick on him and that he has indeed been liberated, thinks: “Papa will be proud of me.” Then he calls out: “B-2930 has survived Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, ...

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A LUCKY CHILD is a book that demands to be read by all.” The Lucky Child is a poignant memoir, allowing the reader to envision and feel all of the emotions and terror that Thomas (as a young boy) must have felt, while at the same time, maintaining a more detached approach (less gruesome) then ma...

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The Bookbag

Many of the books I have read on this subject concentrate almost entirely on their time in the camps, but this one is also a fascinating history of his life before Auschwitz and I felt it was the best Holocaust book I have read in one aspect in particular – the feel you get as the reader for how ...

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