Auschwitz, the Death March and My Fight for FreedomBook - 2013
Documents the extraordinary story of the author's survival of the Holocaust, relating his harrowing endurance of ghetto establishments in his home town of Bedzin after the Nazi invasion of Poland, his torturous six-month imprisonment at Auschwitz and his near escapes from subsequent wartime brutalities.
Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the extraordinary story of how he survived the Holocaust
Sam Pivnik is the ultimate survivor from a world that no longer exists. On fourteen occasions he should have been killed, but luck, his physical strength, and his determination not to die all played a part in Sam Pivnik living to tell his extraordinary story.
In 1939, on his thirteenth birthday, Pivnik's life changed forever when the Nazis invaded Poland. He survived the two ghettoes set up in his home town of Bedzin and six months on Auschwitz's notorious Rampe Kommando where prisoners were either taken away for entry to the camp or gassing. After this harrowing experience he was sent to work at the brutal Fürstengrube mining camp. He could have died on the ‘Death March' that took him west as the Third Reich collapsed and he was one of only a handful of people who swam to safety when the Royal Air Force sank the prison ship Cap Arcona in 1945, mistakenly believing it to be carrying fleeing members of the SS.
He eventually made his way to London where he found people too preoccupied with their own wartime experiences on the Home Front to be interested in what had happened to him.
Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds.
Documents the story of the author's survival of the Holocaust, relating his life in the ghettos of Bedzin after the Nazi invasion of Poland, his imprisonment at Auschwitz, and his near escapes from wartime brutalities.