The Story of the Jewish People in the Twentieth Century as Reflected in the Life of Zvi Eyal Author: Petra Van Der Zande Price: $18.95 Format: Paperback ISBN 13: 9789657023303 Catalog Number: 7023-30 Number of Pages: 321 Year Published: 2021
Description: Zvi Eyal was born Harry Klafter in Utrecht, the Netherlands. As a teenager, he was imprisoned in Westerbork, the Nazi transit camp whose purpose was to prepare Jews for extermination by creating a virtual reality, depicting a quasi-normalcy made possible by the victims' denial of the facts on the ground.
Zvi finished high school in defiance of the ongoing extermination of Dutch Jewry. On the eve of his transport to Auschwitz he miraculously escaped, and with the courageous help of three Dutch families survived the war. The saga of his illegal aliyah to Palestine, participation in the War of Independence, the family he built, and the distinguished career he led in surgery exemplifies the ingathering of the Jewish Zviís tenacity and drive, coupled with the hospitality and humanity of those who opened their doors and their hearts during the years of fury, are testaments of hope in mankindís ability to overcome evil and seek a better tomorrow.