by Barry Fischer
After nearly 70 years of hearing the stories of the Holocaust, maybe we’ve become a little numb to what happened. Barry Fischer, by making sure his father’s words were put into print, has changed that.
While every Holocaust survivor’s story is important, the way Barry and Mayer tell it is powerfully moving. It brings to vivid reality what life was like in Poland, the ghetto, and the camps. It drives home how families were brutally, and abruptly, torn asunder. How husbands and sons were separated from wives and daughters, many never to see each other again. How work was impossible on the meager rations people were fed, but still somehow was accomplished. How life and death were in-your-face facts of every day existence.
Yet this story is told from the perspective of survivor, not victim. It is heart-rending instead of gut-wrenching. It inspires rather than causes us to turn our heads and look away. And it proves that true and lasting love could be found despite the unimaginable losses.
Author Barry Fischer grew up in a deeply loving and devoted family. While his mother, Blima, chose, as many survivors did, to put the past behind her, his father, Mayer, took another path. He made telling the tales of his Holocaust experience a part of a caring family environment.
We all are enriched because he did.