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Destined to Live (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 08/11/2000
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These memoirs relate the remarkable journey of Unger (a co- founder of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum) from being the sole Jew in a German-fighting Polish unit to his imprisonment by the Soviets as a spy, internment by the Nazis, life in the US as a Holocaust survivor, and 1992 visit to Poland. In

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761818069
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 235 x 162 x 26 mm


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William Ungar lived through the horror of the modern Jewish persecution, saved by the kindness and courage of two righteous gentiles. Having been spared, he has spent the rest of his life sharing his good fortune with all around him and memorializing the horror of the Holocaust so that 'Never again!' will be a prophesy instead of a pathetic plea.--Mario M. Cuomo, Former New York Governor
'Destined to Live' is a heartbreakingly beautiful survivor's story of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Ungar did not go through the camps. Rather he fought as a Polish soldier, passed as a Gentile, hid under the Nazis' noses, escaped repeatedly and lived to tell this stunning account. This book is full of love, courage, hope, loss, and nostalgia. It is suffered with idealistic naivete and life saving cunning and told with understatement, unflinching integrity and nobility of spirit. Despite its devastating report of death, cruelty, and betrayal it never loses its unique quality of sunniness and faith. In short, this book is a gem.--Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Chairman, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
William Ungar's memoir, 'Destined to Live, ' is an understated story of courage, will, ingenuity and character which enabled him to survive the Holocaust and cope with the tragic loss of his wife and son. It is a record of his background, anti-Semitism, and also of the help he received from Non-Jews. 'Destined to Live' is a fascinating story of a remarkable man. It hints at the way he rebuilt his family life, achieved great business success in America, and developed his role as a community leader.--Rabbi Mordecai Waxman, Temple Israel of Great Neck
A moving memoir, William Ungar's words are not simply a life story, but a powerful life lesson. You will not soon forget the woman he loved, the son he lost, the kindness of a few, the cowardice of many, and Ungar's own fierce struggle to survive. A compelling testimony to the meaning of the life of one man.--Lyric Wallwork Winik, Contributing Editor "Parade Magazine "
Why is William Ungar a hero? The reasons are as many as the growing number of anti-Semetic Holocaust deniers on the Internet who blame the slaughter of six million men, women, and children on a 'Jewish conspiracy.' 'Destined to Live' Ungar's moving story of tragedy, survival, rebirth, and renewal offers a compelling antidote to this poison, words of truth that will long outlive those of us who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. William Ungar is a hero not because he survived. He is a hero because he has so eloquently channeled the pain of his past into the consciousness of future generations.--Congressman Tom Lantos, United States House of Representatives
William Ungar's sparse and focused testimony unfolds with the artfulness of fiction. A world gone mad shatters the bliss of newlyweds turned parents exactly one month after the German invasion of Russia. Told with all the immediacy of yesterday and the muted pathos of unforgotten longing. 'Wilo's' story is a tribute to the resilience and resourcefulness, courage and will that sustained him in the darkest of days.--Dr. Isnar Schorsch, Chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary

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