No One Awaiting Me: Two Brothers Defy Death During the Holocaust in Romania
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2001-10-30
Published: October 2001
259 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 18.00 mm, 17 b/w photographs, 2 maps, index
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Here is the riveting account of two orphaned brothers whose unshakeable courage enable them to survive the still rarely told horrors of the Holocaust in Romania. As Jews were expelled from Bukovina and Bessarabia to Transnistria, young Joil and Avrum witnessed the cruel destruction of their own parents and many others. But underlying the author's unflinching account of the unthinkable brutality of the Holocaust is the inspiration and passion Joil and his little brother had to live.
No One Awaiting Me is a story both triumphant and poignant. Readers will never forget the powerful and loving bond which existed between these two brothers. Their fight to endure the nightmare was waged with unmistakable optimism. Joil Alpern's indefatigable will to survive, and to protect his younger brother, enabled the boys to live through the most oppressive existence mankind has ever devised. Progressively, the memoir becomes a remarkably inspiring and thoughtful experience for any reader who is willing to consider the never-ending conflict between the finest and most constructive drives of humankind and the murderously destructive capacities of our species.
Alan Adleson and Heather Colman
Leaving Home, June 1941
Forced March to Otaci
Arrical at Stepanki
Stepanki, Spring 1942
The Orphanage in Mogilev
The Work Camp at Tulchin
Return to Stepanki
At Work in the Minefields
Journey to "Freedom"
Milan, October 1946
Canada, March 1948
- Jack Chisvin Family Award for a Holocaust Memorial (15th Annual Canadian Jewish Book Awards)
- Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
- Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction