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Light One Candle: A Survivor's Tale from Lithuania to Jerusalem

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Forty-seven years after he was found half-dead in the snow, following a death march from Dachau, Solly Ganor again came face to face with his rescuer Clarence Matsumura at a reunion of Holocaust survivors and their American liberators. That meeting proved a catharsis, enabling Ganor to confront for the first time the catalogue of horrors he experienced during the Second World War. Beginning in prewar Lithuania, Light One Candle tells of the ominous changes that took place once Hitler came to power in 1933, of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul who wrote thousands of exit visas for Jews fleeing the Nazi onslaught, of the brutal conditions in the Kaunas ghetto where Ganor spent most of the war, and of Stutthoff and Dachau, the concentration camps he was shuttled to and from in the last, desperate days of the war. Unflinching in its depiction of evil but uplifting in its story of the survival of the human spirit, Light One Candle is a gripping memoir that waited fifty years to be told.

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Intensely personal and compelling throughout, "Light One Candle" is Ganor's spellbinding account of what befalls him and his family after the Nazis invade their home country of Lithuania. His extraordinary testament describes in detail his years of horror in the Kaunas ghetto and in Nazi concentration camps.

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SOLLY GANOR was born in Heydekrug, Lithuania, in 1928. After World War II he worked as an interpreter with the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, fought in Israel's War of Independence, then joined the Merchant Marine. After twelve years at sea, he married his wife, Pola. They now divide their time between La Jolla, California, and Herzelia, Israel.

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Shoshana, December 31, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Ganor's Holocaust narrative takes place primarily in villages and ghettos, providing a useful contrast to memoirs that primarily describe life in the camps. Ganor has some access to the outside world and at many points is able to comment on the relations between the Jewish captives and the communities within or near which their confinement takes place. Though most of the non-Jewish citizens in his account are not sympathetic, there are more than in many Holocaust narratives. Ganor frames his otherwise chronological and straightforward story with two meetings with the U.S. Nisei (2nd generation Japanese) soldier who rescued him. He also punctuates his own story with this soldier's. It's the first book I've read by a Jewish Holocaust survivor that names the existence of U.S. interment camps for citizens of Japanese ancestry or origin. I appreciated reading a Jewish narrative that also accounted for a Japanese-American soldier's, though from a purely literary perspective it wasn't as successful as it might have been.

Recently I've read a number of accounts of genocide in Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania. In conjunction with Ganor, these remind me that we are all ready to dehumanize and kill each other with little provocation; the unique horrors of the Nazi approach are its scale and mechanized, sanitized nature.

Read with Gilbert Tuhabonye's This Voice in My Heart: A Runner's Memoir of Genocide, Faith, and Forgiveness to compare an African genocide to the European, and with Lauren Kessler's excellent Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family to learn more about interment and its effects on one Japanese-American family.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781568363523
Author:
Ganor, Solly
Publisher:
Kodansha
Author:
null, Solly
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Jewish
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature, English
Series Volume:
61
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
54 line drawings, 7 halftones
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
5.9 x 8.9 x 1.2 in 1.16 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Intensely personal and compelling throughout, "Light One Candle" is Ganor's spellbinding account of what befalls him and his family after the Nazis invade their home country of Lithuania. His extraordinary testament describes in detail his years of horror in the Kaunas ghetto and in Nazi concentration camps.
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