Boy 30529 by Felix Weinberg
A Memoir

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"Anyone who survived the exterminations camps must have an untypical story to tell. The typical camp story of the millions ended in death ... We, the few who survived the war and the majority who perished in the camps, did not use and would not have understood terms such as 'holocaust' or 'death march.' These were coined later, by outsiders."

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the hands of the Nazis. Imprisoned for most of his teenage life, Felix survived five concentration camps, including Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, barely surviving the Death March from Blechhammer in 1945. After losing his mother and brother in the camps, he was liberated at Buchenwald and eventually reunited at seventeen with his father in Britain, where they built a new life together. Boy 30529 is an extraordinary memoir of the Holocaust, as well as a moving meditation on the nature of memory.


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About Felix Weinberg

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Felix Weinberg came to Britain after the war and lived with his father. Despite his formal education having been cut short at age twelve, he won a place at university and later become the first professor of Combustion Physics at Imperial College London. He was the author or editor of four books and more than 220 scientific papers. Internationally acknowledged as a leading thinker in his field, he was awarded several awards throughout his lifetime, including the Hugh Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Combustion Physics. He died in December 2012.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Verso. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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An unusually good-natured memoir about life in the Nazi camps and the travails of being a postwar refugee.

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