In the tradition of Elie Wiesel's "Night", comes a story from a survivor of the Holocaust that take us to the disordered and inhuman world through the eyes of a young boy. By Chance Alone is the resounding theme of the book, as the author survives by these very words. His survival of horror, of the loss of an entire family is indeed by chance. One step to the left, one person who did not try to reach out with an act of selflessness and kindness, and his fate would have been as hollow as the millions who died at his side. One becomes aware of this man's perception of the world crumbling around him, and the resounding fear that this type of hatred and authoritarian governments are again arising around us is poignant and thought provoking. His cry to the world is, " Have we learned nothing?" Did the atrocities committed and the attempted genocide of an entire culture/race/religion teach us nothing? The story does not end triumphantly with the rolling in of the Red Army or American tanks... the story continues in its desperation at the aftermath of Auschwitz, the starving Europeans, the outright hostility of the civilians and their reluctance to assist survivors.. the rise of Communist governments and the lack of freedoms allowed the Jews, and the frantic need to escape or suffer... so often this part of history is either ignored or not recounted properly. A shining beacon of hope in an again troubled world. A story of tremendous courage, but also a story about how often things are just a game of chance alone. Some are chosen to survive, and others are not. Simply by chance, by circumstance? Or by a greater Game?