About the book: Gustav Palm kept his secret for more than forty years. He’d been a young man when Hitler invaded his native Norway. After being forced to guard a Nazi prison camp, however, Gustav took his only option for escape: he volunteered for the Waffen-SS to fight at the front.
Agnes Erdös grew up in privilege and prosperity as a child in Hungary. She and her parents were practicing Roman Catholics, but they were ethnic Jews, and after the Nazis invaded her country, Agnes and her parents were sent to the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Miraculously, both Agnes and Gustav survived. And after the war, they found each other.
Told in their own words, Surviving Hitler is the story of two indomitable spirits who built on their life-altering experiences to overcome the past, help each other heal, and embrace a common faith in God that led them to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
My Review: This book is truly amazing, I love how you hear about World War 2 from both sides, the side of the young girl who lost both of her parents at the terrible Auschwitz and the young man who was basically tricked into being a SS soldier. These two amazing people had some experiences that are really unbelievable to me, and probably most of us who live in this time of basically peace and prosperity. I really loved the backstory of how this book came to be as well, Gustav is really a hero to me, even though he didn't want his service in the German Army to be known, as is Agnes simply because of the things that they were both forced to see and to do. You don't want to miss this book!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author: Like his brother and three sisters, O. HAKAN PALM, eldest son of Gustav and Agnes Erdös Palm, has been shaped by his parents’ wartime experiences. A successful management consultant in Stockholm, Sweden, Håkan has served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, as a member of two stake presidencies, and seven times as a counselor in the Sweden Stockholm Mission. He and his wife, Barbro, are the parents of seven children.
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