"Holocaust and Rebirth" is the riveting autobiography of Mordechai Judovits, a survivor of Auschwitz who frames the telling of his own life story with an appeal for Jewish rebirth in the world. In 1944, he and his family are deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp from Dej, Transylvania. After being liberated in 1945, young Mordechai discovers he is the sole survivor in his family. In this autobiography, he writes in detail of the three distinct periods of his life before, during, and after the Holocaust – from Jewish life in the shtetl of Dej, to the horrors of the Holocaust, and finally his journey to America and a new beginning. He concludes with a call to implement his plan to increase the dwindling world Jewish population by six million, the number lost in the Holocaust, and assure a vibrant rebirth of the Jewish people.
About The Author
Mordechai Judovits is a long time student of the Talmud, a retired businessman and a Holocaust survivor. He is the grandson of Rabbi Moshe Paneth, the rabbi of Dej, and a great-grandson of Yechezkel Paneth, the author of Sefer Mareh Yechezkel and former chief Rabbi of Transylvania. The author, along with his parents, brothers and sister were sent to Auschwitz in 1944. He was liberated in 1945 and in 1947 he immigrated to the USA, where he married and raised a family. He and his wife Helen have two sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Since retiring he has devoted his time to studying, painting and writing, and has been active in many Jewish organizations, in particular the Boca Raton Synagogue. He is the author of Find It in the Talmud and Sages of the Talmud.
From the Introduction
I am writing this book in an attempt to open a window into a time and world of long ago. It is an eye-witness view from the inside – eyes that saw the suffering and endurance of a people during the Holocaust period, and it is also a view of the general conditions in the Shtetel just prior to the Holocaust. More than that, it is a view of my family and my friends enduring indescribable torture and cruelty. It is a view of a traditional Jewish community that lived in Europe prior to World War II. No words at my command can adequately describe the horrors of the Holocaust and I apologize at the outset for my inadequacy. However, the story must be told, it cannot be left hidden in the ashes of Auschwitz. I will attempt to describe what life was like in the town of Des and in the small village of Naprad where I lived, in the communities I visited, and where I spent my childhood and adolescent years.
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