by Maurie Hoffman
ISBN 0 646 21889 1
Maurie Hoffman was born in Galicia, Poland, in 1929. He lived there with his family until the German invasion in 1939, and for the following two years under the Russian occupation.
After Hitler broke his pact with Stalin in 1941 he spent the next 4 years as a witness to our darkest times — living on his wits and avoiding extermination by the Nazis, or murder by others —by becoming a fighter with the partisans.
Holocaust Survivor Testimony
When the war finished he found his way to Italy, where he acquired a general education and compiled his memoirs. In 1949 he immigrated to Australia, dreaming of creating a family and establishing himself in the business world. These memoirs have lain dormant for 40 years until he knew it was time to share them with his children and the rest of the world.
To my mother Regina
for insisting that I run from the annihilation.
In memory of
my father David,
my brother and sisters
and all the victims of the Holocaust.
To the future of my son David and daughter Regina.