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Once We Were Eight

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by: Raymond Fishler
Books with a 5 star rating  (2)
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 186
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN: 9781620308523

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Book Synopsis
On August 31, 1939, Raymond Fishler went to sleep at about midnight dreaming of the wonderful future he envisioned for himself. Less than five hours later he was awakened from his peaceful slumber by the start of World War II. After living through a brutal German occupation, his family made a futile attempt to go into hiding to avoid mass liquidation or being transported to the living hell of a concentration camp. Raymond’s mother made him promise to go to America and tell the world what was done to them. He promised he would, and to this day Raymond has told the story of his life’s journey in classrooms and lecture halls and also on the March of the Living, an annual education program for youth, and now adults, who travel to Poland to learn about Jewish life there before and during World War II. This trip then continues on to Israel where people experience and witness the achievements of the people that Hitler planned to extinguish. This book continues Raymond’s journey and mission. A portion of all sales of Once We Were Eight will be donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Customer Comments
Jeremiah Fruchtman
Posted: May 31, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
Last night I stayed up reading a book called "Once We Were Eight". It was written as an account of the authors' journey through WWII as a sufferer of Nazi torment. What drew me to this title was that the author, Raymond Fishler, saw me grow up. He and my grandfather were held in concentration camps together and remained close after the war.
When asked how they survived this experience many survivors reply "I was lucky." This answer has always been a deep contemplation throughout my life. However after reading this book I hold a more clear view of how they survived... Bravery. But not in the sense of bravado or standing up to injustice. More like being unafraid to claim they're human dignity in a very dark and humiliating place. Maybe they didn't know or mean to express this kind of bravery? It doesn't matter... I owe them my life. It is this bravery that I will remember.
marta sebestyen
Posted: November 9, 2014
Customer comment 5 star rating
How I read this book, clearly I can hear Papas' voice how he is telling his story. I am fortunate to get to know him and his beautiful family. With my husband we always remember him when time gets tough...our problems are extremely small considering to what Papa had to go through and he Survived!
We have a lot to learn from him and we wish him and his family all the blessings from Heaven!

About The Author
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Ray Fishler was born in 1925 in Kazmierza Wielka, a small town near Krakow, Poland. His family included 3 brothers and 2 sisters, as well as his mother and father. When World War II started he was 14 years old. Ray spent 2 years in Krakow-Plaszow, the concentration camp featured in “Schindler’s List”. He spent the last 5 months of the war on death marches traveling to 4 different concentration camps, including Auschwitz. After he was liberated on May 9, 1945, he emigrated to the US in 1949 and worked in the garment industry, eventually owning his own business. In 1958 he married his wife, Rhoda. They have two children David and Laura, and four grandchildren. David’s children are Brian and Melissa, while Laura and son-in-law Ronen's children are Ariel and Daniel.