I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of a Jewish family in Germany and Russia as the Nazi party gained power in Germany. When Henry Orenstein and his siblings ended up in a series of concentrations camps, Orenstein's bravery and quick thinking help him to save himself and his brothers from execution by playing a role in the greatest hoax ever pulled on the upper echelons of Nazi command. Orenstein's lucid prose recreates this horrific time in history and his constant struggle for survival as the Nazis move him and his brothers through five concentration camps. His description of their roles in the fake Chemical Commando sheds new light on an incredible and generally unknown event in the history of the Holocaust. This edition of I Shall Live contains new evidence about this false Commando, including letters signed to and from Himmler himself.
Orenstein, aside from being a Holocaust survivor, has made a name for himself as a toymaker who called for the production of Transformers, as well as a poker player.
"I read this book in a single day; I found it so compelling it was hard to put down." (Simon Wiesenthal)
"An adventure almost novelesque in the extraordinary succession of miracles which enable the young man to remain among the living" (Claude Lanzmann, producer of Shoah)
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Hard to comprehend
Yes, the reader.
I was very disappointed with this book. I don't enjoy books read by their authors, but this one was particularly poor. The narrator didn't appear to know his own story, stumbling over words, many miss-prenounciations, pauses etc. The music played between chapters or parts, was very annoying and the volume of the music within the production was far to loud. The narrative itself was interesting, but read like a superman comic in places; with far to much self agrandisment. Whilst I do not doubt the truth of the story, I felt it to be a "pick & Mix of similar stories in the public record. I am pleased to have read this book to add to my knowledge and understanding of these events, but did find it hard work.
Good story; TERRIBLE Narrator.