Defying Death on the Danube: A Holocaust Survival Story by Debbie J Callahan, Henry Stern
The incredible story of a young man surviving the horrors of the Holocaust
Horst Stern’s life has never been an easy one, even prior to witnessing the devastation of Kristallnacht in Berlin in 1938. From his illegitimate birth to a Jewish mother who abandoned him, to dealing with a severe speech impediment, his young life was filled with struggle – none of which, however, prepared him for the hardships to come when the Nazis rose to power.
Horst flees to Budapest to escape increased persecution by the Nazi-regime, but gets caught. Due to sheer determination and fate, he survives labor camps, life in the Budapest Ghetto, near starvation, and a grueling Death March. At last, the much-awaited day of liberation arrives, but it does not bring stability for Horst and his surviving family members. His never-ending search for a place he could call home had just begun.
Year first published: 2021