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The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs: Spring 2020

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    9781988065694 Paperback HISTORY / Holocaust Publication Date:September 15, 2020
    $14.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 300 gr | 184 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Azrieli Foundation
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      In the summer of 1944, Leslie Fazekas and his family are deported from their hometown of Debrecen, Hungary, to Vienna, Austria, as slave laborers. It is only after the war that they discover that most of the cattle car trains from their hometown were destined for Auschwitz. Fate and fortune have intervened to save their lives in the devastating circumstances of their captivity, and Leslie details all of his experiences in diary entries and letters to his girlfriend, Judit, who he was separated from in Vienna. Leslie's diary entries and letters from August 10, 1944, to April 2, 1945, are not only love letters but also precious archival documents and a testimony of his family's survival during a harrowing time.
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      Leslie Fazekas was born in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1925. In 1943, Leslie began dating Judit (Judy), who he reunited with after the war and married on May 19, 1949. In Hungary, Leslie earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest and spent seven years as an engineer at a steam engine factory. In 1956, he and his family fled Hungary and immigrated to Toronto, where Leslie worked as a draftsman, a computer programmer and a systems analyst and consultant. In 1968, Leslie was hired by the Ministry of Health to organize and program OHIP, where he worked for twenty years until his retirement in 1988. Leslie lives with his wife, Judy, in Toronto and they have two sons, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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    Daring to Hope Rachel Lisogurski Canada, Chana Broder Canada
    9781988065588 Paperback HISTORY / Holocaust Publication Date:August 20, 2020
    $14.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 350 gr | 226 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Azrieli Foundation
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      When Rachel and her husband, Abraham, escape from the Siemiatycze ghetto one cold winter night in 1942 with their four-year-old daughter, Chana, they are desperate for refuge. Turned away by the one person they thought they could depend on, they are forced to ask for help from strangers and acquaintances. During the twenty-one months that they are hidden by courageous farmers, Rachel and Abraham fiercely protect Chana, who is taught never to cry, never to make a sound. After liberation, as Rachel and Abraham are haunted by the past, Chana?s childhood truly begins. Too young then to fully understand what they have survived, it is only later in life that Chana realizes she must preserve her family?s legacy and honor those who rescued them. Told from the perspective of both mother and daughter, Fragments of Hope brings light into a world of darkness.
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      Rachel Lisogurski was born in the village of Grodzisk in 1911 and lived in the nearby town of Siemiatycze, Poland, during the war. After the war, Rachel, her husband, Abraham, and their daughter, Chana, spent two and a half years in displaced persons camps in Italy before immigrating to Montreal, Canada, in May 1948. In 1967, Rachel wrote her memoir, Out of the Depths. In 1985, after her husband passed away, Rachel moved to Israel to join Chana and her family. There, Chana arranged for her mother?s memoir to be self-published. Rachel Lisogurski passed away in Israel in 1998.
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    9781988065700 Paperback HISTORY / Holocaust Publication Date:July 08, 2020
    $14.95 CAD 6.06 x 9 x 0.5 in | 330 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y 89
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      In Debrecen, Hungary, Judy grows up in a warm and lively family, but when the Nazis invade in 1944, she is crowded into a ghetto with the other Jews in the area, her life now shaped by fear and hopelessness. When the cattle cars take Judy and her family to Auschwitz-Birkenau, she truly leaves her precious childhood behind as she scrambles to survive in the shadow of the gas chambers, one brutal day at a time. Clinging to her sisters, to friends, and to fleeting life-affirming moments, Judy survives the camps and a death march on ?a never-ending road paved with utter, unadulterated misery.? Liberated at last, she returns home, only to discover the true magnitude of her loss. Judy then sets out to answer the question of how to find belonging and meaning after so much devastation, creating a new life for herself in Canada and making it her mission to give a voice to women who survived the Holocaust.
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      Judy Weissenberg Cohen was born in Debrecen, Hungary, on September 17, 1928. After the war, she lived in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in Germany. She immigrated to Montreal in 1948, where she first worked in the garment industry, and then in an office and in public relations. She married her husband, Sidney, in 1961 and raised two children. Judy is an active speaker and Holocaust and human rights educator, and in 2001 she founded the website ?Women and the Holocaust,? which collects testimony, literature and scholarly material exploring the unique experiences of women in the Holocaust. Judy Cohen lives in Toronto.
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