Not a Victim: Tales of Survival in Nazi Budapest
by Thomas Weisshaus, edited by Deborah Barry
This book is a first-hand account of Thomas Weisshaus' experiences as a teenager during the Nazi occupation of Budapest in 1944-45. Beginning in 2003, Tom has visited many schools and organizations in the New England area, sharing his stories of survival and discussing the importance of bearing witness to the tragedies of the Holocaust. Below are some responses to his presentations which tell the story shared in the book.
Some Feedback on Tom's Presentations
"The students found you to be inspiring.
Thank you for spending so much time with
our students, helping them to contemplate
these important issues about the Holocaust."
". . . much appreciation for your time spent
visiting my eighth grade class this May. What
an impression you left!"
"Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible, moving, and inspiring
story. Like you said, I have become a witness."
"Despite the gravity of his story, the gentle Weisshaus more than once made
the sometimes shocked students laugh along with him, as he was able to find
humor in even the darkest of situations."
About the Author
Thomas Weisshaus was born in Budapest and lives in Exeter, New Hampshire. From 1947, the year of his arrival in the United States, until 2003, he incredibly did not speak publicly about his Holocaust experiences. Mr. Weisshaus was motivated to begin telling his story when he became part of the Nottingham Middle School's (New Hampshire) production of Under a Yellow Star (compiled and directed by Anne Sheehan), and has since travelled to numerous locations in New England, telling his story of survival to both school children and adults. On all these occasions, his wife of fifty-five years, Patricia Jeffers Weisshaus, accompanied him, kept smiling, and helped him with her advice, until her death in 2007.
Following one of his presentations in Keene, New Hampshire, a member of his audience, Deborah Barry, a Fellow at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, offered to tape his speeches with the purpose of turning his stories of survival into a book. With Ms. Barry's essential collaboration, the stories found expression in printed form, and this memoir took shape.
ISBN: 978-0-9817898-9-7, softcover, 6x9, 96 pages, / $15.00 / Memoir / Publication Date: October 2010.
Visit the author's Website: www.notavictim.net
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