By Joseph Schwarzberg
Joseph Schwarzberg is sixteen years old and living a dangerous double life - as a German Jew carrying false identity papers in France, he must constantly lie, constantly evade capture. Under threat since fleeing with his mother and sister from Germany after the violent attacks during Kristallnacht in 1938, Joseph and his family resolve to get as far from the Nazis as possible, having witnessed the Germans’ malevolent intentions towards Jews. Their first refuge, in Belgium, lasts only a year before they must once again flee from the German occupation. When they reach France, their safety is short-lived when the Germanys occupy the country in June 1940. Then, young Joseph must leave his mother and sister, both for their safety as well as his own. After years in hiding and on the run, assuming the identity of nineteen-year-old Joseph-Jean Sarlat, he bravely joins the underground resistance in France, fighting the Germans and sabotaging their war effort. Narrowly avoiding roundups of Jews and escaping from arrests and interrogations, Joseph lives with the daily dread of being discovered.
About the Author
Joseph Schwarzberg was born in Leipzig, Germany, on June 17, 1926. After his liberation in 1944, he reunited with his mother and sister in Brussels, Belgium. In September 1945, Joseph and his family were part of the second group of Jewish immigrants allowed to land in pre-state Israel. There, Joseph joined a kibbutz and learned woodworking, a skill he used during his army service in 1947 to build fortifications in the Negev desert. Joseph served as a sergeant in the Israeli army until his discharge in 1950. Joseph and his wife, Shulamit, immigrated to Toronto in 1968, where he established his own business Adina J. Fashions, in the garment industry. Joseph owned this business for twenty-five years before retiring. Jospeh Schwarzberg lives in Toronto.
Release: November 15, 2018
176 Pages with Photos
6 x 9
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