“The ashes of the silenced snowed down upon those selected to live.”
~ Mort Laitner “A Hebraic Obsession
A ten-year old boy hides at the top of a stairwell listening to his father tell his harrowing
story-a story about almost being gassed to death in a Nazi concentration camp.
He doesn’t dare ask his father to explain. His dad offers no further details.
Follow Mort Laitner’s journey from childhood to retirement as he obsesses about his father, the Holocaust, Judaism, and life. Laitner learns about his father’s nightmarish travels during World War II from his father’s Holocaust tapes, from books describing how he worked as a doctor in slave labor camps, from a doctoral thesis on Holocaust studies, and from a transcript of his father’s testimony at a US military tribunal which led to a Nazi commandant’s death sentence. Clue by clue, missing details come to light describing that fateful day when his father stood naked and faced the gas chamber. Read the remarkable story of how Wolf Laitner was sent to Russia with a unit of 349 fellow Jewish prisoners in disguise. They were given German military training and uniforms bearing swastikas, then sent to Russia during Operation Barbarossa to work on the railway system. Hitch a ride across America, Europe, Asia and Africa, from the 1950s through the new millennium as Mort Laitner shares his family’s stories about survival, prejudice, luck, love, and miracles.