Carry the Torch/A Lasting Legacy

Carry the Torch/A Lasting Legacy


By Sam Weisberg and Johnny Jablon

In the Krakow-Płaszów concentration camp, both Ephroim Jablon and Sam Weisberg quickly learn of the brutality of the new commandant, Amon Göth, in early 1943. His wrath is near inescapable. By sheer luck, Sam becomes the commandant’s houseboy, a privileged, yet risky, position. Ephroim gets a job in the carpentry workshop, making him similarly “useful,” yet he still lives in constant fear. At sixteen years old, both feel like they are walking a tightrope, where one wrong move can make them the target of Göth’s unpredictable volatility. They re both ultimately deported and sent on different trajectories - Ephroim to Auschwitz and the Mauthausen camp system and Sam to the Gross-Rosen concentration camps - but their experiences in Płaszów are an ever-present reminder that they’re fates can change in an instant. Carry the Torch and A Lasting Legacy are the different yet parallel stories of two men who, as the sole survivors of their immediate families, must find their own way after the war and decide whether to keep their histories in the past.

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About the Author

Sam Weisberg (né Avraham Gajer) was born in Chorzów, Poland, in 1927. After his liberation in Bergen-Belsen, Sam worked as an interpreter in the Displaced Persons (DP) camp, liaising between the British solders and the Jewish police. Sam married in 1946 and immigrated to Toronto in 1959. Sam has educated countless students about the Holocaust and was instrumental in establishing a Holocaust memorial monument in Toronto. 

Johnny (Ephroim) Jablon (né Jan Rothbaum) was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1927. After the war, Johnny spent three years in the Bindermichl DP camp in Austria before immigrating to Montreal as a war orphan. In 2018, Johnny is joining the educational tour March of the Living, which will be his first journey back to Poland since his liberation seventy-three years earlier.

Product Information

  • Release: November 15, 2018
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 208 Pages with Photos
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781988065465

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