A Lucky Child: Book summary and reviews of A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

A Lucky Child

A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

By Thomas Buergenthal

A Lucky Child
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009,
    256 pages.

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Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A Lucky Child. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.

Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. A Lucky Child is a book that demands to be read by all.

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"Buergenthal's authentic, moving tale reveals that his lifelong commitment to human rights sprang from the ashes of Auschwitz." - Publishers Weekly.

"The author's story is astonishing and moving, and his capacity for forgiveness is remarkably heartening. An important new voice joins the chorus of survivors." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Starred Review. Buergenthal regards the Holocaust as a moral compass for his life's path as a judge on the International Criminal Court in The Hague." - Library Journal.

"[A] powerful choice for teens looking for a mentor through emotional and political challenges of their own." - School Library Journal

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Thomas Buergenthal is a judge at the International Court in The Hague. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he served as the first US Judge and later, President, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He has also served as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. He has authored over a dozen books on international law, and is the subject of a biography, entitled Tommy, by the Norwegian humanitarian and UNICEF founder, Odd Nansen. Judge Buergenthal was also the co-recipient of the 2008 Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize.

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