Getting Out Alive

Getting Out Alive


By Tommy Dick

“He pointed his gun and bayonet at me and ordered me to stop, my jaw was bleeding, hanging down. I could not speak and I was shivering.”

Nineteen-year-old Tommy Dick is killed, only to resurface. Born into a Hungarian family who had converted from Judaism, Tommy soon finds out that in the eyes of the Nazis, he’s still a Jew, still a target for extermination. On the run and in disguise, Tommy is chased by death as much as he is by luck. A vivid and gripping account of how the courageous acts of others, unshakeable friendships and Tommy’s own extraordinary quick-wit conspired to save the life of an adventurous and determined young man in the cruelest of times.

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About the Author

Tommy Dick was born in 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. Following the Soviet liberation of Hungary in 1945, he made his way to a Displaced Persons camp in Austria and then, in 1948, immigrated to Canada. He worked as a labourer on a hydroelectric dam in Stewartville, near Ottawa, after which he lived in Montreal for three years. He moved west, settling in Calgary, where he started his own business manufacturing aluminum windows. He met and married Lilian in 1954 and they had two daughters. At the age of thirty-six, Tommy enrolled in law school and was called to the bar in 1967 at the age of forty-two. He practiced law in Calgary for thirty years. Tommy Dick passed away in 1999.

Product Information

  • Release: October 1, 2008
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 68 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470015

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