Gatehouse To Hell

By Felix Opatowski and Marlene Kadar

The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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I was stubborn. I didn’t want to stay in Auschwitz. I didn’t want to go to the gas chambers. I didn’t want to be cremated. I didn’t want to die there, and I kept pushing back.

Felix Opatowski is only fifteen years old when he takes on the perilous job of smuggling goods out of the Lodz ghetto in exchange for food for his starving family. It is a skill that will serve him well as he tries to stay alive in Nazi-occupied Poland. With dogged deter­mination, Felix endures months of harrow­ing conditions in the ghetto and slave labour camps until he is deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in the fall of 1943. Gatehouse to Hell is a candid and heart-rending account of a teenage boy who comes of age in desperate conditions, putting himself at risk to help others, forming bonds of friendship and holding onto hope for the future.

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Publication Date: November 30, 2011

Reading Age: Adult

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9781897470268

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