By Chance Alone

By Chance Alone

A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz

eBook - 2016 | First edition
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This autobiography of Canadian Max Eisen details the rural Hungarian deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau, back-breaking slave labour in Auschwitz I, the infamous 'death march' of January 1945, the painful aftermath of liberation, and a journey of physical and psychological healing.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443448550
Characteristics: c

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BPLpicks Mar 11, 2019

An incredible story of survival. This is one of the contenders for the 2019 Canada Reads debates starting March 25th. Place your hold now to avoid a long wait list.

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Apr 06, 2021

Amazing! Heart-touching - heart wrenching - Incredible journey of faith & perseverance. This book should be read be in a student's curriculum. It is quite vivid in details but the information must be known as other cultures are going through many horrendous things. We need more people to fight for those who cannot.

Dec 31, 2020

Highly recommended read for high school students and adults.

Oct 09, 2020

Should be required reading for students of History or for anyone really. We should never forget and need to be reminded even now. Especially now in 2020 and what is happening to people all over the world.

Jan 05, 2020

One of the best books I can remember reading in the last 10 years. Highly recommended, be prepared to be moved and heartbroken.

Nov 25, 2019

This is a MUST READ. I’d never heard of this book until my book club had presented it as our next read - and now I am so thankful. Such a sad reminder of the past. I felt the fear in Max’s story and the love from his family. I felt his gratitude for the many people who supported him throughout his survival. I gasped at the tortures bestowed upon innocent Jews, cried with Max, and cheered on his triumphs. His story was brave. I can’t imagine having lost what he lost. I HIGHLY recommend this read. It is a needed reminder for all of us to speak out against discrimination.

Sep 19, 2019

His voice, so clear and honest.
His voice as a boy and a person who looks back with clarity told the whole story.
Thank you Max Eisen.

Aimee M Trudel
Sep 17, 2019

Jan Reynolds' recommendation - starred 'good'

Aug 25, 2019

Outstanding read ! The author has an amazing will to live and revenant story to tell in this time of uncertainty.

Aug 11, 2019

A raw, emotional account of Max survival in one of the most brutal places on earth. A must-read for every person on earth so we do not forget our past horrors to repeat them in the future.

Jul 21, 2019

Thank you Max Eisen for your strength to share and educate. I am glad you found happiness and success.
I worry in 2019 that “vigilance to prevent hate from disrupting, distorting and endangering our society” is becoming a daily responsibility. Why must we always have to “defend the fairness and openness of a free and democratic society with rules of law to sustain it” ??
“By Chance Alone” is most deserving as 2019 Canada Reads winner.

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May 27, 2019

Tibor "Max" Eisen and his family were deported to Auschwitz-Berkenau in the spring of 1944 during the Holocaust's final phase which targeted approximately eight hundred thousand Jews living within the wartime borders of Hungary. When Max stepped onto the unloading ramp [at Auschwitz] at the age of fifteen, he was [just at] the minimum age for slave labour - a possibility for survival not [available] to his younger brothers and baby sister. Today, Auschwitz is the most iconic symbol of the Holocaust, in part because it had the largest number of victims (1.1 million, mostly Jews) , and in part because a relatively large number of survivors were left to tell their stories of suffering there. While Max joins a chorus of Auschwitz survivors ... his account of daily life in the hospital of Barrack 21 offers a wholly unique perspective where we come to know one of the heroic prison doctors: Dr. Tadeusz Orzeszko, the Polish political prisoner who mysteriously saved Max from certain death. ... Max's memoir also provides a unique perspective on "liberation" as both an acute moment of freedom and a long, arduous process of recovery marred by illness, overwhelming grief, and years of displacement and uncertainty. (From the "Afterword" by co-author Amanda Grzyb)

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