I NEVER SAW MY FACE
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"Wearing my new shoes, and my new olive brown fatigues, I looked into a mirror and reclaimed my identity. I hardly recognized myself—after all, I had not seen my face for almost three years."
GIs freed 16-year-old Sam Goetz, a Polish Jew, from Ebensee camp in 1945. His parents and friends from Tarnow were surely dead, but Sam survived to become an emigre to America in 1949. Goetz tells his story in lean, readable prose that vividly recreates his childhood, hard existence in Tarnow’s ghetto, the wrenching separation from family, deportation to a series of camps, time in Italy as a DP, and finally new life in Los Angeles as an optometrist and leading spokesman for Holocaust remembrance. Illustrated with 40 black-and-white photos.
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