6 September 2009

Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora

Two months after his 19th birthday, Pierre Berg was still a cocky kid – riding his bicycle around Nice and dreaming of owning a beauty shop to support his future as a gigolo – when he was arrested by the Nazis. His “crime” wasn’t being Jewish. It was bad timing – he visited a friend at the same time the SS was searching for, and found a shortwave radio transmitter. Pierre was frisked, handcuffed, pushed into a car, and then put onto a train. Thus began his 18-month ordeal as a political prisoner and slave laborer. Thanks to what Pierre describes as “shithouse luck,” he narrowly escaped becoming another victim of the Nazi death machine.

In Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora, Pierre Berg tells his incredible Holocaust story – with striking immediacy, raw honesty, and twists of wry humor. This memoir is written from the perspective of a very young man fresh from the ex­perience because, in fact, Berg wrote the first draft in 1948, a year after his arrival in the United States and three years after VE Day. When he couldn’t find any takers for his story after the war, Berg put his manuscript in a drawer and left it there for nearly 50 years. Angered by Holocaust deniers, Pierre wanted to tell his story — A French gentile political prisoner, who witnessed, and barely survived, the systematic murder of 11 million people.

The book has its own website which includes extracts, interviews and videos. It is published by Amacom.

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