By Frank C. Walker, Larry Borowsky, Harry Burger
Biancastella is the attention-grabbing and encouraging account of 1 man’s unusual trip during the horrors of the Holocaust. on the age of fourteen, Harry Burger, an Austrian Jew from a well-to-do relations, came across the conditions of his lifestyles thoroughly altered by way of the Nazi upward push to strength. In 1938, only a yr after Burger’s bar mitzvah, the Nazis overtook Austria and started to enforce anti-Jewish regulations. His father misplaced his enterprise and used to be ultimately imprisoned and despatched to Auschwitz. the remainder of his kin scattered. Burger and his mom went into hiding in France, and discovered how you can continue to exist lower than occupying Italian and German forces. 5 years into the warfare, Burgan crossed the Alps into Italy and joined the Partisans, a bunch of Italian Resistance warring parties who battled the Nazis from the mountains in northwest Italy. Taking the identify Biancastella, this means that "white megastar" in Italian, Burger, in addition to different Resistance participants, was once in a position to struggle again, sabotaging German operations, mounting protecting assaults, and shooting and punishing a few of the Nazis who might have had him useless. regardless of an upbringing that ill-prepared him for all times at the run, Burger effectively kept away from Nazi catch via seven brutal and unsure years of conflict. His is an exhilarating story of braveness and survival.
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Paper) 1. Burger, Harry, 1924-. 2. JewsAustria ViennaBiography. 3. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) FrancePersonal narratives. 4. World War, 1939-1945 Underground movementsItaly. I. Borowsky, Larry, 1963- . II. Title. A93B87dc21 [B]96-52672CIP In memory of my father, Elias Burger, who perished in Auschwitz, late 1944. I will always miss him. To my wife, Marilyn, and my dearest friend, William Kahn. Both are directly responsible for my having written this book. If not for Marilyn, I would never have spoken out.
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