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Max Eisen's powerful memoir shows what life was like during WW2. His story starts in Hungary, it takes us through the prewar years, then during the war and finally in several concentration camps. He tells of his life as a slave laborer, manual work, then working with a camp doctor. After the war, he spent several years trying to get to Canada. There Eisen gives a good picture of his post war life.
— Paul Nemeth, Bookseller, SeaTac International Airport, Hudson
An award-winning, internationally bestselling Holocaust memoir by Max Eisen, in the tradition of Elie Wiesel's Night and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz
In the spring of 1944 gendarmes forcibly removed Tibor "Max" Eisen and his family from their home, brought them to a brickyard and eventually loaded them onto crowded cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau. At fifteen years of age, Eisen survived the selection process and he was inducted into the camp as a slave laborer.
More than seventy years after the Nazi camps were liberated by the Allies, By Chance Alone
details Eisen's story of survival: the backbreaking salve labor in Auschwitz I, the infamous death march in January 1945, the painful aftermath of liberation, and Eisen's journey of physical and psychological healing. Ultimately, the book offers a message of hope as the author finds his way to a new life.