From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography

From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography

Alter Wiener / Sep 15, 2019

From a Name to a Number A Holocaust Survivor s Autobiography Alter Wiener s father was brutally murdered on September by the German invaders of Poland Alter was then a boy of At the age of he was deported to Blechhammer a Forced Labor Camp for J

  • Title: From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography
  • Author: Alter Wiener
  • ISBN: 9781425997403
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alter Wiener s father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland Alter was then a boy of 13 At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany He survived five camps Upon liberation by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed 80 lbs as reflected on the book s cover Alter Wiener is one of thAlter Wiener s father was brutally murdered on September 11, 1939 by the German invaders of Poland Alter was then a boy of 13 At the age of 15 he was deported to Blechhammer, a Forced Labor Camp for Jews, in Germany He survived five camps Upon liberation by the Russian Army on May 9, 1945, Alter weighed 80 lbs as reflected on the book s cover Alter Wiener is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in Portland, Oregon He moved to Oregon in 2000 and since then he has shared his life story with over 800 audiences as of April, 2013 in universities, colleges, middle and high schools, Churches, Synagogues, prisons, clubs, etc He has also been interviewed by radio and TV stations as well as the press Wiener s autobiography is a testimony to an unfolding tragedy taking place in WWII Its message illustrates what prejudice may lead to and how tolerance is imperative This book is not just Wiener s life story but it reveals many responses to his story Hopefully, it will enable many readers to truly understand such levels of horror and a chance to empathize with the unique plight of the Holocaust victims Feel free to visit my website alterwiener for information including links.

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    1. This is a true and moving story of Alter Wiener, who survived the Holocaust. In this book he tells of his youth leading up to and through and beyond his harrowing experiences Polish concentration camps. It’s harrowing, horrifying, beyond all compare to any situation I have, or will ever have, to face. It’s a heart wrenching story about another dark chapter in our world history. Just when you think you know your history, you read a firsthand account and realize that you have no idea the depth [...]


    2. An Important Telling About Horror:Alter Wiener shares the unbelievably terrible story of his life in occupied Poland and the terror of living through five prison camps. Somehow he survived and shares what he lived through. His experience is vital and important. Unfortunately as a book, it was not written well. His narrative jumps from people, places, and time. He does not come across as the gentle, loving husband and father that he portrays when sharing his story with the general public. While I [...]


    3. This is a true survival story of Alter Wiener, who survived the Holocaust and he tells his journey through this horrifying adventure. I really love books that are true stories because i feel like i can really interact with the characters on a whole other level. This is a very touching novel because you read and really feel everything Alter is going through and can learn about the history of the Holocaust from a first hand survivor. Since I am very interested in the Holocaust I may be kind of bia [...]


    4. Amazing book about his story in the holocaust. Makes you feel small for every complaining about anything and makes your remember to thank the lord everyday for every small blessing in your life. Also goes into our responsibility as humans to stand up for the rights of others that may not have the freedoms we do. Do not turn a blind eye and say it's not our problem. Very good book!


    5. His story is amazing and I hate to even give this three stars because I can't imagine what he went through. His writing, however, is not amazing So I feel stuck. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. I liked it, I hate that he went through what he did in the holocaust and surviving afterwards misplaced and homeless (a side of surviving the holocaust I had never thought of). But the writing seemed vague and wandering most of the time. Great story, just needed a lot of editing.


    6. This is a true survival story of Alter Wiener, who survived the Holocaust and he tells his journey through this terrifying adventure. This is a very touching novel because you read and really feel everything You can learn about the history of the Holocaust from a first hand survivor. Alter is a likable man with a good heart, but his story lacked depth. It felt rushed. He spends a lot of time after the story talking about the public speaking events he has participated in, which is very nice. I en [...]


    7. This book is a riveting description of the hardships and degradation many people suffered through during the Holocaust. It is a testament to courage and the will to survive. This book gives a first person witness to the Holocaust, which should lead them to an increased awareness of the need for tolerance. Compared to a Nazi concentration camp, all our troubles seem so trivial. Read Mr. Wiener's story, and you will see.Wiener speaks extensively at schools and organizations in his city of residenc [...]


    8. This book is not just a story of "look how terribly I was treated." It is an inspiring autobiography with just enough "look how I was treated" to set the stage for the important messages of hope, the absurdity of prejudice and stereotyping, and striving for self-improvement. It is important to note that a significant portion of the book is dedicated to Wiener's life after liberation -- when he wasn't as free as one might expect -- and to responses from his audiences based on his speaking present [...]


    9. "We forgot how to talk, how to communicate, and how to smile" What a beautiful outlook on life. For a man who faced such terrors, hatred, and lived a nightmare, Alter Weiner gives us lessons in love and education. I feel every story should be heard. It is the only way to prevent another Holocaust. I was deeply moved and rewarded with a brighter outlook on life, people, and love. May I live a life that makes a difference. I recommend this to anyone, because everyone could gain a valuable piece of [...]


    10. I had the opportunity to meet Alter with a friend in Portland. He is an amazing man. I am grateful for the story he shares and am eager to share with my family. I love the final 3 words of his book--Count your Blessings! With his joie de vivre he has the ability to put our first world problems in perspective and truly find gratitude for the blessings that surround us--family, freedom and love.


    11. Alter Wiener's story is unique, like any holocaust survivor, and heartbreaking. To contemplate what Alter endured is absolutely humbling. As a Jew, the read was that much more meaningful. He also writes about his post-war experiences in Israel and America--a true story of perseverance. Wiener stresses the need for education and the preservation of human rights. We are all in this together, and we must do our best to ensure that the world we live in is an upright place. An inspiring read.


    12. A very well written accountthis book is very well written and the few times Yiddish or Hebrew expressions were used, there was a translation. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning as much as possible about this horrible time. I as a child was there and to young to hear or see anything.Where was God?????? I have read many books now about this, especially accounts of survivors, and I am losing my faith.


    13. Alter is a likable man with a good heart, but his story lacked depth. It felt rushed. He spends a lot of time after the story talking about the public speaking events he has participated in, which is very nice. He focuses a lot on being happy with what you have and getting a good education. It's a lighter read (if a Holocaust book can be a light read) compared to Night and Escape from Sobibor.




    14. I had the privilege of hearing Alter speak at my workplace and sharing his story. The holocaust is a horrific time in our history that everyone should be aware of so it doesn't repeat. It's unfathomable that there are people who believe it didn't happen. It was an honor to be in Mr. Wiener's presence these day he shared his story. Not only did he survive but he has the strength and courage to talk about the horrors that he suffered through. Read his story and be brave like him and help to defeat [...]


    15. Alter Wiener's life story is both amazing and horrifying. While I knew how badly Jews were treated during WWII, I didn't realize how hard their lives were after the war.


    16. The beginning is a bit dry and goes on and on. Push past the first few chapters and get into the last half, it does get more interesting.


    17. One of the greatest of the memoirs I have read. And I have spent forty years reading these memoirs, memories, autobiographies I believe because of my love for God's chosen people.I began my study when I was about 17 when reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.Through the years I have found more and more memoirs, historical non-fiction on this subject.Alter Wiener's book is one of those inspirational stories of survival. When one is finished with it one wants to believe in the power we all [...]


    18. The author of this book came and spoke at my work last month. His story was pretty incredible, so I decided to read his book to hear the whole thing. His story is pretty incredible - it's hard to imagine the suffering that he has gone through to get to where he is today. Why this is only four stars: there were numerous typos throughout the book that a good editor should have caught - not the authors fault, but it was distracting. The order of the sections was less than optimal. If it were my boo [...]


    19. Excellent read about a middle school Polish boy's experience having the Nazi's take over his town, take the life of his father and eventually send his entire family to concentration camps. It is a gut wrenching story of survival and an inspiration as he copes in the aftermath of liberation. He has a truly inspirational story of how he coped with the hatred and abuse and how he made the heroic choice to not hate but spread tolerance and kindness. Alter Winer has made it his mission to share his h [...]


    20. I would give this book 2.5 stars.In my opinion this book can be divided into 2 parts:I would give part 1 --> 5 stars and part 2 --> 0 star- Part 1: The author talks about his beautiful childhood and the values of his family. after it he talks about his suffering in the concentration camps, his liberation and then his arrival to Israel.As a human being I sympathized with the author. I felt angry at the world for letting this happen!- Part 2 (0 stars): In my opinion, the author transformed f [...]


    21. An amazing story that must never cease to be told!I appreciated the author's honesty and his sincerity about how he has chosen to live following such horrible atrocities.People of freedom must never forget that millions upon millions of people were abused, tortured and murdered simply because of who they were and/or what they believed in.This must forever be remembered so that such a thing is never allowed to happen again!!Thank you for sharing your life story, Mr. Wiener. It was an honor and a [...]


    22. A painfully beautiful book. How could it be anything else with the topic. I bought this book after listening to the author speak in person (I wanted to learn more). A real eye opener for the family! I would recommend this book and ones like it as a must read to everyone over 12. Else we'll be doomed to repeat itd there are some places mankind should never ever go again, for any reason.


    23. This is a baldy told take of one boy's experience during the Holocaust. Well written and painfully honest this is a must read for everyone. I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting the author. Instead of being full of anger, he was a soft spoken, kind man whose message was to LOVE one another, above all else. He is an inspiration.


    24. Mr. Wiener will speak at Pacific University this week. I am so grateful he continues to speak publicly. "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."Elie WieselAddendum: Mr Wiener spoke last night at Pacific. Very moving.


    25. Compelling enough read but didn't really like how the book was set out. Felt very rushed and didn't really get to find out much of the authors time spent in camp. Only half the book really is the authors story then the second half a list of places he did talks as well as showing letters he received and finishes off with q&a from some of the talks.


    26. I agree with others who have said the same in regards to the writing: it jumps around too much. I found it hard to follow. When I was able to follow and connect the dots, I did enjoy learning more about his life.


    27. The details were interesting, but I found his storytelling style and grammatical errors to be distracting. Writing these memoirs must be cathartic, though. I admire the people who lived through these atrocities. We should all be fully aware of what happened so that they'll never happen again.


    28. Awesome book! This book is well-written with deep insights on the motives of the Nazis' ideology as well as life itself. The author, Alter Wiener, wrote his book with the intent of a Holocaust survivor's experiences and thoughts after life in a concentration camp. I'll be reading this book again.


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