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Benjamin Hirsch, USA “is a child survivor of the Holocaust who escaped Europe and came to the United States. He was educated in Atlanta, Georgia, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. An award-winning architect, Hirsch and his wife, Jacqueline, have four children and twenty-one grandchildren.” Benjamin Hirsch is the author of Home Is Where You Find It and Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for Identity.

According to the book description of Home Is Where You Find It, “Shortly after the devastating Kristallnacht in Germany in 1938, author Benjamin Hirsch’s mother sends him and his four older siblings on a Kindertransport to Paris from Frankfurt, Germany. After almost three years of hiding in France, they escape through Spain to Portugal where they board a ship and arrive in the United States on two separate convoys, eventually settling in Atlanta, Georgia. But Hirsch’s parents and his younger siblings are not so fortunate—they perish in Auschwitz at the hands of the Nazis.

 

Anti-Semitism is at its peak in the United States, and the children must learn to adapt to an America at war. Growing up in the American South as orphaned Jewish emigrants during the 1940s and early 1950s, Hirsch and his four brothers and sisters struggle—each in his or her own way—to hold on to their traditional Jewish values and practices. But in the aftermath of war, the children learn to thrive and excel in their new country.

 

The prequel to Hirsch’s first book, Hearing a Different Drummer, Home Is Where You Find It poignantly chronicles Hirsch’s journey from the horrors of Nazism to a new life in America.”

 

One reader of Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for Identity said, “Fascinating story of a man with a quest. Not only is it interesting to try to understand the mindset of a holocaust survivor, but also paints a very real picture of what it was like to be in the US Army in the 1950's.”

 

One reader of Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for Identity said, “A child escapes from Germany with 4 of his siblings and finds his way to America. This is his history including joining the army even though he is still a German citizen, and afterwards becoming a prize winning architect.”


Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for Identity
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Home Is Where You Find It
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The Midwest Book Review said of Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor's Search for Identity, “Benjamin Hirsch offers a riveting memoir that related how as a nine year old refugee he first arrived in 1941 at New York Harbor. He, along with his two older sisters and two older brothers, had been sent away from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, by his mother to avoid the holocaust that was descending on the Jewish communities throughout Nazi occupied Europe. During the years of the Korean War Hirsch was an American solider stationed in Germany, where he discovered the horrific fate of his parents and younger siblings. Hirsch writes with candor and vivid description, in introducing us to the life of his uncle Philipp Auerbach, who recorded German atrocities that are still denied today -- that soup was made from some of the bodies of the murdered Jews. Hearing A Different Drummer is an important, exceptionally well written contribution to 20th Century Judaic and Holocaust studies.”

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