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The Lost Childhood: The Complete Memoir
The Lost Childhood: The Complete Memoir

The Lost Childhood: The Complete Memoir

By Yehuda Nir, Introduction by Cynthia Ozick


272 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: April 2007

ISBN 9780971059863

Rights: US & CA

Schaffner Press (Apr 2007)
Schaffner Press, Inc.

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A personal story of oppression and survival under Nazi occupation

This compelling memoir takes readers through the eyes of a child surviving World War II in Nazi-occupied Poland. As a nine-year-old, the author witnessed his father being herded into a truck—never to be seen again. He, his mother, and sister fled to Warsaw to live in disguise as Catholics under the noses of the Nazi SS, constantly fearful of discovery and persecution. A sobering reminder of the personal toll of the Holocaust on Jews during World War II, this book is a harrowing portrait of one child's loss of innocence. This edition contains previously unpublished content from the original text.


"For readers who have gone stale on the Holocaust, Nir's record of a child pursued will reawaken awareness, shock, understanding, and conscience." —Cynthia Ozick, from the introduction

"Quite marvelous. I don't remember reading anything that tells the story so matter-of-factly. Its very lack of hype makes it so frightening and compelling." —Hal Prince, Tony Award–winning producer

Author Biography

Yehuda Nir is an associate professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical Center and a speaker and lecturer on the Holocaust, drawing largely from his own personal experiences. He and his wife, Bonnie Maslin, coauthored the book Patterns of Heartbreak. He lives in New York City. Cynthia Ozick is an award-winning novelist and essayist and a National Book Award Finalist in 2002 for her novel The Puttermesser Papers. She lives outside New York City.