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The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs: Spring 2020

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In Dreams Together
By (author): Leslie Fazekas
9781988065694 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Holocaust Sep 15, 2020
$14.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 300 gr 184 pages Azrieli Foundation
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.

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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