By Laszlo Berkowits, Robert W. Kenny, Jody I. Franklin
The Boy Who misplaced His Birthday is the uplifting tale of 1 man's trip from boyhood in rural Hungary to overcome oppression throughout the Holocaust and at last to a job as a religious chief in the United States. Rabbi Laszlo Berkowits' compelling memoir recounts his chuffed adolescence thoughts in Derecske, Hungary the place he used to be a member of a thriving Jewish neighborhood and aspired to develop into a cantor. afflicted with wartime poverty, Berkowits and his father left their domestic and relations at the back of to hunt paintings in Budapest. It was once there that they have been rounded up with different Budapest Jews and shipped through sealed teach to Auschwitz in the summertime of 1944. Berkowits vividly narrates his treacherous event as a 16 year-old boy surviving within the infamous Nazi focus camp until eventually its liberation by way of American troops. After restoration in Sweden, Berkowits immigrated to the USA have been he accomplished his schooling, joined the us military, and have become a chaplain's assistant. After leaving the military, he undertook graduate learn at Hebrew Union university, married, and have become the founding rabbi of the most important Jewish congregation in Virginia, Temple Rodef Shalom. Berkowits' tale indicates that he emerged positive over deprivation, cruelty, and tragedy to develop into an exemplar of yankee luck.
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Though my father never verbalized his feelings, I felt his deep disappointment. It was as though I had entered Harvard Law School and flunked out after the first quarter. He was a very simple man with an absolute commitment to a few fundamental principles that made sense to him and held his life together, based on his understanding of Orthodox Judaism. The joy and delight of his life was the synagogue. Everything else was incidental. The time after I returned was a vague, floating, shifting kind of time.
While most of European Jewry in lands under German occupation was long gone and Polish Jewry decimated by 1943, Hungarian Jewry was still intact. We were the last to go. The World Changed 23 At the time, my family and I were not aware of the changes in the political climate. My world was unconnected to the world beyond our borders and life in Derecske went on very much as it had before. We were at the low end of the economic and social structure. Times were hard for us and the legal restrictions did not touch us directly.
Some never became anything much, and were like professional graduate students who go from fellowship to fellowship, perhaps writing a monograph now and then. In those days, the poor Jewish scholar was a common phenomenon; some Yiddish writers protested against the yeshivas turning out what they called Luftmensh, men expected to make their livings out of thin air. I never gave any thought to what I would do with my life; it was an abstract subject. That was the first time I had been away from home, and, not being an aggressive person, I never took control of my own situation.