Lost Childhood
Yehuda Nir

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Narrated By: Robertson Dean

Duration: 7 hours and 14 minutes

What to expect

This compelling memoir takes listeners through the eyes of a child surviving World War II in Nazi-occupied Poland. As a nine-year-old, the author witnessed his father being herded into a truck—never to be seen again. He, his mother, and sister fled to Warsaw to live in disguise as Catholics under the noses of the Nazi SS, constantly fearful of discovery and persecution. A sobering reminder of the personal toll of the Holocaust on Jews during World War II, this book is a harrowing portrait of one child’s loss of innocence.

Genre

Biography: general

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“Quite marvelous. I don’t remember reading anything that tells the story so matter-of-factly. Its very lack of hype makes it so frightening and compelling.”

Hal Prince, Tony Award–winning producer

“For readers who have gone stale on the Holocaust, Nir’s record of a child pursued will reawaken fresh awareness, shock, understanding, and conscience.”

Cynthia Ozick, National Book Award Finalist

“An extraordinary memoir.”

New York Observer

“Marvelous…tells the story so matter-of-factly. Its very lack of hype makes it so frightening and compelling.”

Hal Prince, Tony Award–winning producer and director

“Put[s] one in mind of great, understated writers like Hemingway and [Isaac Bashevis] Singer.”

The Jerusalem Post

“An engaging, fact-paced Holocaust memoir.”

Kirkus Reviews

“An unforgettable memoir of a resilient family.”