The Oasis by Petru Popescu
A Memoir of Love and Survival in a Concentration Camp

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Mirek Friedman and Blanka Davidovich first met during World War II in the Dachau 3b camp. Mirek, a freedom fighter in the Czech underground, saved Blanka's life by distracting the authorities when she forgot to use her fake identity, assumed so she could leave Auschwitz. Though the men and women were not segregated, the punishment for personal contact was death. But as Blanka and Mirek's love grew, the love engendered during the war became their true oasis of hope.
 

About Petru Popescu

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Petru Popescu is the author of "The Return", "The Oasis", "Amazon Beaming", and the bestselling novel "Almost Adam". He grew up in Romania and now lives in California with his family.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 355 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Finally, of course, the lovers were reunited after the war and, like many survivors, married and started a family and life anew.

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Novelist and memoirist Popescu (Amazon Beaming) has rewritten the memoirs of his parents-in-law, Mirek Friedman and Blanka Davidovich, and fashioned their story of falling in love during and marrying after WWII into a cohesive narrative of interspersed first-person chapters.

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