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Escape to freedom

Author: Leon Rubinstein
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Hamilton Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As a ten-year-old child, Leon Rubinstein fled Germany with his parents in 1933, to Luxembourg and Belgium, which they fled again on the morning of the Nazi invasion. They dwelt quietly as refugees in the south of France until the Vichy government began its roundup of foreign Jews for deportation. After his father's arrest, Leon endeavors to save himself and his mother with a daring journey to the border towns of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rubinstein, Leon, 1923-
Escape to freedom.
Lanham, Md. : Hamilton Books, ©2007
(OCoLC)608077344
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leon Rubinstein
ISBN: 0761836918 9780761836919
OCLC Number: 123200041
Awards: Winner of Featured in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Description: x, 113 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Chapter 3 Leaving Frankfurt Chapter 4 Luxembourg and Brussels Chapter 5 War Comes to the West Chapter 6 Camp Agde Chapter 7 Aubenas Chapter 8 Family and Friends Chapter 9 The Escape Chapter 10 Arrival in Switzerland Chapter 11 Camp Sierre Chapter 12 The Guetsch Chapter 13 Camp Bonstetten Chapter 14 The Children's Home at Speicher Chapter 15 Basel Chapter 16 Vera Chapter 17 A Nation is Born Chapter 18 America Part 19 Epilogue Part 20 Acknowledgements Part 21 About the Author
Responsibility: Leon Rubinstein ; foreword by Michael Berenbaum.
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"As a ten-year-old child, Leon Rubinstein fled Germany with his parents in 1933, to Luxembourg and Belgium, which they fled again on the morning of the Nazi invasion. They dwelt quietly as refugees in the south of France until the Vichy government began its roundup of foreign Jews for deportation. After his father's arrest, Leon endeavors to save himself and his mother with a daring journey to the border towns of southeastern France. Disguising their identities, they hitch a ride with German officers. Along the way, courageous French men and women, including a priest, help them cross the Alps into neutral Switzerland." "This memoir give a look at the lives of Jewish refugees in Switzerland - the Swiss work camps where Rubinstein toils along with other male refugees; his stint as a teacher at a home for orphaned Jewish children; his rescue by the Red Cross with a scholarship that enables him to complete his education. He also encounters his first great love at the University of Basel, the beautiful Vera, a child of parents lost in the Holocaust. Vera is a passionate Zionist who is determined to make her way to Palestine in the last months of the British mandate." "Throughout this story is Rubinstein's awareness of his transformation from adolescence to young manhood amid the catastrophic losses and dislocations of the war years in Europe. His personal story resonates with anyone who remembers discovering love, as well as the necessity of choices and sacrifices."--Jacket.

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A moving story of defying the nightmare of the Holocaust, escaping to freedom, and retaining the strength to build a purposeful new life. -- George Salton, author of The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Read more...

 
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