By Chance Alone

By Chance Alone

A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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This autobiography of Canadian Max Eisen details the rural Hungarian deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau, back-breaking slave labour in Auschwitz I, the infamous 'death march' of January 1945, the painful aftermath of liberation, and a journey of physical and psychological healing.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443449281
1443449288
9781443448543
Branch Call Number: 940.5318092 EISEN
Characteristics: xii, 276 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm

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List - Canada Reads 2019
Alison_OPL Mar 13, 2019

"When Max Eisen was 15 years old, he and his family were taken from their home to Auschwitz, where Eisen worked as a slave labourer. He survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Canada in 1949. Eisen has toured the world, educating people about the horrors he survived during the Second World W... Read More »

List - Canada Reads 2019
Alison_OPL Mar 13, 2019

"When Max Eisen was 15 years old, he and his family were taken from their home to Auschwitz, where Eisen worked as a slave labourer. He survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Canada in 1949. Eisen has toured the world, educating people about the horrors he survived during the Second World W... Read More »

List - Canada Reads 2019
Alison_OPL Mar 13, 2019

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ritarufus
May 21, 2019

Wasnt as good as i thought it would be after winning Canada reads.

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taralei
Mar 29, 2019

In the tradition of Elie Wiesel's "Night", comes a story from a survivor of the Holocaust that take us to the disordered and inhuman world through the eyes of a young boy. By Chance Alone is the resounding theme of the book, as the author survives by these very words. His survival of horror, of the loss of an entire family is indeed by chance. One step to the left, one person who did not try to reach out with an act of selflessness and kindness, and his fate would have been as hollow as the millions who died at his side. One becomes aware of this man's perception of the world crumbling around him, and the resounding fear that this type of hatred and authoritarian governments are again arising around us is poignant and thought provoking. His cry to the world is, " Have we learned nothing?" Did the atrocities committed and the attempted genocide of an entire culture/race/religion teach us nothing? The story does not end triumphantly with the rolling in of the Red Army or American tanks... the story continues in its desperation at the aftermath of Auschwitz, the starving Europeans, the outright hostility of the civilians and their reluctance to assist survivors.. the rise of Communist governments and the lack of freedoms allowed the Jews, and the frantic need to escape or suffer... so often this part of history is either ignored or not recounted properly. A shining beacon of hope in an again troubled world. A story of tremendous courage, but also a story about how often things are just a game of chance alone. Some are chosen to survive, and others are not. Simply by chance, by circumstance? Or by a greater Game?

debwalker Mar 28, 2019

Canada Reads winner.

BPLpicks Mar 11, 2019

An incredible story of survival. This is one of the contenders for the 2019 Canada Reads debates starting March 25th. Place your hold now to avoid a long wait list.

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daysleeper236
Mar 09, 2019

A fascinating, meticulously-researched, first-person narrative of the horrors of WWII, written by Auschwitz survivor Max Eisen. A finalist for Canada Reads 2019. Highly recommended.

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dirtbag
Feb 13, 2019

Canada Reads 2019

A true, gut wrenching accounting of life in the concentration camps. I feel this one is sure to be a contender.

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jeanie123
Jan 23, 2019

By Chance Alone by Max Eisen is a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching first person account of a young man taken from a happy family life to a life of horror and torture by the Nazi regime. If the title alludes to the author's belief that he survived by chance, he is selling himself short of his amazing strength and resolute will to survive. This book is compelling and difficult to read and I was filled with respect for this gentleman who never failed to express gratitude to the people who offered him even the smallest bit of assistance during his harrowing ordeal in the camps and in the years that followed during his recovery and emigration to Canada. The last words from his father were a traditional blessing. I would have liked to learn more about the effect of these experiences on the author's personal faith.

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mygirl1
Apr 17, 2017

This is an excellent read, describes what really happened to the jews in these death camps and how he survived at the early age of 15yrs. old he really tells it how how it was and you just can`t put the book down as you want to know what the next page brings! I highly recommend this book!

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Butterfly121761
Aug 26, 2016

He promised his father he'd tell the story. I'm glad he was able to tell his story, sorry for the suffering he had to endure to tell the story. This was the most haunting Nazi camp story I have read. It tore at my heart. He told the before, during and after and at times it was hard to believe that something like this really could have happened. Teaches us how much we have to be grateful for and don't take anything for granted and respect and love all mankind.

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