The Weight of Freedom

The Weight of Freedom


By Nate Leipciger

“To avoid thinking I repeated the words ‘after the war.’ The words stuck in my mind like a mantra. After the war. The words blended into the clang of the wheels. Would there ever be an end to the war?”

Nate Leipciger, a thoughtful, shy eleven-year-old boy, is plunged into an incomprehensible web of ghettos, concentration and death camps during the German occupation of Poland. As he struggles to survive, he forges a new, unbreakable bond with his father and yearns for a free future. But when he is finally liberated, the weight of his pain will not ease, and his memories remain etched in tragedy. Introspective, complicated and raw, The Weight of Freedom is Nate’s journey through a past that he can never leave behind.

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About the Author

Nate Leipciger was born in Chorzów, Poland. He chaired the Toronto Holocaust Remembrance Committee for six years before becoming an executive member of the Canadian Jewish Congress National Holocaust Remembrance Committee; he was a member of the International Council of Auschwitz for fifteen years. He has educated adults and youth through countless speaking events and has been an educator on March of the Living trips to Poland and Israel for more than ten years. Nate Leipciger lives in Toronto and remains actively involved in Holocaust education.

Product Information

  • Release: September 1, 2015
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 304 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470558

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