Reviews: A LUCKY CHILD by Thomas Buergenthal

a lucky childSeveral participants in the WWII reading challenge recently reviewed A Lucky Child:  A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal.  Here are some excerpts [click on their links to read their full reviews]:

Melissa from Shhh I’m Reading says:

If  you are interested in the Holocaust and life in the concentration camps, this is an easy to read memoir that gives you a glimpse into some of the most notorious camps.

Anna from Diary of an Eccentric says:

Because he wrote his story more than 50 years after the war, his memories are colored by time and his experiences as an adult. It is no doubt a different story than he would have told if he wrote it right after the war, but I think giving himself time to grow up, create new memories, analyze human nature with regard to the Holocaust, and take stock of his experiences as an international human rights judge provides a unique perspective.

Nancy from Bookfoolery and Babble says:

A Lucky Child is beautifully written and very, very moving. I highly recommend it, particularly to those who enjoy reading memoirs or anything relating to WWII.

Christina from Jackets & Covers says:

The story, though, doesn’t become really interesting until the moments leading up to Buergenthal’s arrival at Auschwitz due, in part, because the beginning is filled with a lot of “I don’t remember” and “I don’t recall.” I don’t blame him for these gaps in the story; he was after all only five at the time and didn’t write his memoir until decades later, but it still detracts from the overall story. It’s hard to understand his early plight when there aren’t any details to set the stage.


**Attention participants:  remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**


  1. you are on a roll again…way to go

  2. I’m trying 🙂

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