An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust by Bernat Rosner, Fritz Tubach

By Bernat Rosner, Fritz Tubach

In 1944, 13-year-old Fritz Tubach used to be virtually the right age to affix the Hitler adolescence in his German village of Kleinheubach. that very same 12 months in Tab, Hungary, 12-year-old Bernie Rosner was once loaded onto a educate with the remainder of the village's Jewish population and brought to Auschwitz, the place his entire family members used to be murdered. decades later, after having fun with winning lives in California, they met, turned buddies, and determined to percentage their intimate tale, that of 2 boys trapped in evil and damaging instances, who turned males with the liberty to build their very own destiny, with one another and the realm. In a brand new epilogue, the authors proportion how the ebook of the e-book replaced their lives and the lives of the numerous humans they've got met due to publishing their tale.

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There was so much to do—go to concerts and plays, share good books with friends, hike and picnic in the forests nearby. I was a happy teenager like my girl friends, with one exception. After high school I went on to the university, something my mother never understood. She wanted me to get married as early as possible. My future husband, she said, must be German-Jewish and RICH. ” He was thirty-two I was sixteen and absolutely not interested in this old man, so I behaved in an obnoxious manner.

Nazi leaders stressed two points by which young people should live. First, they must believe that pure Aryan Germans were better than all other people. Second, they must remember that their primary duty was to Germany and its leaders. Der Führer came first—above family, above friends, above God. Those beliefs were not hard for most young people to follow. In the early years of the Third Reich, membership in the Hitler Youth was by choice. Each boy or girl could decide whether or not to join. Most did.

Early in 1937 we learned that we could expect a baby in October. This news was a great joy, but money was a problem. G. could not give Siegfried a raise, and I could not get a working permit. In the bathtub one night, a solution finally struck me. I had made a friend, Ilse, who was a dressmaker. Ilse wanted to expand her business into something more elegant. She planned to rent a place in a fancy neighborhood where she could live, sew, and meet her customers. All she needed was somebody to redecorate a nice apartment to suit her needs.

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