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Bread or Death: "Everybody Out!"

Grace: Nazi oppression, labor camps and a past no longer hidden: http://www.omaha.com/living/grace-nazi-oppression-labor-camps-and-a-past-no-longer/article_df09d628-7b44-5e14-914a-8a6abbc4c7f2.html

Published on Aug 6, 2014
Milton M. Kleinberg, author of "Bread or Death," talks about the morning that Nazi soldiers forced he and his family out of their home in Pabianice, Poland.


The war brought about scarcities of just about everything…except misery.

“Alle raise,” (everybody out), the German soldiers screamed as they pounded on our door with the butts of their rifles. And thus began a 4,500-mile journey from Poland through Russia and Siberia and eventually to Uzbekistan in Central Asia, as the author’s family used bribery and darkness of night to flee as the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939.

“Everybody Out!”

Young Mendel (Milton Kleinberg), from age four to fourteen, tells in vivid detail the wretched journey in cramped cattle cars through frigid Russia, the indignities of being forced labor, the shame of begging for bread just to survive, and death of those closest to him. The family s plight includes abandonment, hunger, and separation (and later remarkable twists of fate and reunion) quite unlike other Holocaust stories.

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