Author and Professor of
Optometry, Dr. Henry Oster talk with host Karyn Foley at the
Calabasas Library discussing his
The Kindness of the
In 1933 Henry Oster was just 5 years old, a carefree kindergartner in
Cologne, Germany, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seized power. For the
next 12 years Henry struggled to keep on breathing while his family, his
friends and the Jews of Europe were overwhelmed by the Holocaust.
Henry hid his mother from the SS in an attic in the Lodz, Poland Ghetto.
He escaped a firing squad in Auschwitz. Endured a death march through
the Polish winter. Formed a life-long friendship in the nightmare
barracks of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Saw his friends killed by
a British fighter-bomber. And came within hours of starving to death
before his liberation by General Patton's 3rd Army.
Henry rebuilt his life from nothing,
coming of age as a free young man in Paris. He arrived in the U.S. with
no English, no money and no education. And from the ashes of a ruined
past built a life full of love, joy and compassion.
Now, complete with chilling documents
the Nazi concentration camps themselves,
his heartbreaking, triumphant story can
finally be told.
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