The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Abe Peck
Maya Ross, 9780996470803, 298pp.
Publication Date: March 18, 2016
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What was it like to be a Jewish teenager in Europe during World War II? One who couldn't escape or hide but who faced the Nazis head on and survived? Abe-vs-Adolf is the captivating tale of a boy who made it through nine different concentration camps, losing everything but his determination to live. Abe Peck was only fourteen when the Germans invaded Poland, took over his community and forced his family into a rundown ghetto. Over the next five horrific years, as a prisoner and slave in camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Abe endured unimaginable cruelty. What got him through the relentless horror and atrocities? His only way to beat Adolf Hitler was to live to tell about it. As the sole living Holocaust survivor from his entire town, Abe is the only one left who can tell us what really happened to his civilized society when evil took over.
About the Author
Maya Ross is a fiction writer who met Holocaust survivor Abe Peck while serving on the board of a not-for-profit philanthropic organization, and was so fascinated by his tale of courage and survival that she set out to write his true life story. Out of all the different writing projects Maya has worked on - from children's books to young adult to a legal thriller - she is the most proud of this one. Delving into Abe's heart-wrenching saga of tragedy and loss took her far outside her comfort zone, into a sinister world of unfathomable evil far scarier than any she could have imagined. Having been deeply disturbed by a visit to Anne Frank's house years ago as a college student, Maya could never have anticipated writing a book on the Holocaust. In fact, prior to working with Abe, Maya had never met a survivor and was unnerved by all things Holocaust. It was only after meeting Abe and other survivors that she was struck by their remarkable stories and the urgency to tell them before it's too late. About halfway through the first draft of Abe's story, it occurred to Maya that in order to reach the broadest possible audience and have the greatest appeal to younger generations, she needed to do more than just write his epic tale-she needed to share it visually as well. This is when her simple print book evolved into a multimedia video book project, one that she hopes will attract the interest of students and educators around the globe. There is no better way for future generations to gain a true understanding of what happened to the Jewish people of Europe during the Holocaust than for them to experience it firsthand, through the eyewitness account of a survivor. Maya spent countless hours interviewing Abe in order to write this book, and she enjoyed every moment. Unfortunately, because of health issues, Abe is no longer able to visit schools and personally tell his incredible story, which makes his video book invaluable. He will be able to continue to teach others about the importance of tolerance and acceptance in perpetuity, giving his extraordinary life the utmost meaning.