Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other

Needle in the Bone How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other Needle in the Bone tells the astonishing stories of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and former Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz As mere teenagers during World War II the two men defied da

  • Title: Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other
  • Author: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
  • ISBN: 9781612345680
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Needle in the Bone tells the astonishing stories of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and former Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz As mere teenagers during World War II, the two men defied daunting odds, lost everything and nearly everyone in the war, and yet summoned the courage to start new lives in the United States Captured by the German army during the WarsNeedle in the Bone tells the astonishing stories of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and former Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz As mere teenagers during World War II, the two men defied daunting odds, lost everything and nearly everyone in the war, and yet summoned the courage to start new lives in the United States Captured by the German army during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Frydman survived six concentration camps and three death marches By the war s end, everyone in his extended family had been killed except for his brother Piekalkiewicz started his own underground army at age sixteen In addition, one of his uncles was the main leader and another the head treasurer for the Polish resistance before the Nazis discovered, tortured, and murdered them After the war, Frydman and Piekalkiewicz began the long process of healing, taking different paths through the refugee camps of Europe, and then through university, marriage, and work, eventually leading them both to teaching positions at the University of Kansas, where they met in 1975 Recognizing the trauma and courage of each other s experiences, they became best friends, forming a lasting bond Needle in the Bone offers insight into the Holocaust and the Polish resistance by entwining the stories of these two survivors By blending extensive interviews with Frydman and Piekalkiewicz, historical research, and the author s own responses and questions, this emotionally stirring book provides a unique perspective on still compelling issues, including the meaning of the Holocaust, the nature of good and evil, and how people persevere in the face of unbearable pain and loss.

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    About "Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg"

    1. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

      Caryn Mirriam Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of over 20 books, including six collections of poetry, most recently Chasing Weather Ice Cube Press and Following the Curve Spartan Press the novels Miriam s Well Ice Cube Press and The Divorce Girl Ice Cube Press non fiction Needle in the Bone How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other University of Nebraska Press memoirs Everyday Magic Meadowlark Press , The Sky Begins At Your Feet A Memoir on Cancer, Community Coming Home to the Body Ice Cube Press , and Poem on the Range Coal City Press and editor or co editor of numerous anthologies Founder of Transformative Language Arts a master s program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely With singer Kelley Hunt, she co writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats She blogs at CarynMirriamGoldberg

    753 thoughts on “Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other”

    1. Interesting chronicle of two Polish men during World War II and how they met in the 1970s when both were living on Lawrence , Kansas. They were amazing survivors of Nazi camps.


    2. Very interesting dual biography of a Pole Jarek Piekalkiewicz and Lou Frydman a Jew who grew up in Poland. They had no connection with each other before ending up on the faculty at Kansas University, but became friends there. Piekalkiewicz was from an important Polish political family and joined the resistance after the the German invasion in 1939. Lou of course faced a different fate but survived the camps. At the very least this book will complicate people's understanding of the environment in [...]


    3. Rarely have I read a work that personalizes the Holocaust as powerfully as this. It's also fascinating to explore the parallel experience of two men: one Jewish, who went through the ghettos and concentration camps of Poland, and one Gentile, who fought the Nazis as a member of the Polish Underground. These men followed two very different paths through Poland during World War II, and yet much of their experience - and much of what they took away from it - is the same.I think what makes this book [...]


    4. How did people live through the most atrocious event in the history of human life? How can people look in the mirror and know that they did nothing to stop that atrocity? How can we stop living as though others lives have no meaning? This powerfully written book tries to help readers understand the ways the two men not only survived but built beautiful lives after WW II. Everyone should read this book because not only were Polish Jews brutalized but the Polish nation!




    5. Horrific account of two men's experiences during the Holocaust. Though they did not know each other then, they both became professors at the University of Kansas.


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