Books Worth Buying: Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor’s Memoir

30 Aug

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Happy Thursday!! The wonderful Trish Marie Dawson is here to guest post and tell us more about her pick for this week’s “Books Worth Buying” segment. Read on to see her choice, “Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor’s Memoir” by David Faber.

I met David Faber on a beautiful, sunny Southern California day at a Border’s bookstore in a local mall. I’ve always had a love for books and so did the friend who I was with that day, so taking a detour into the bookstore was a must. The second we entered the doors a short, jovial faced older gentleman bounded up to us with something in his hand. I remember being slightly taken aback, since I didn’t know this man, but his face-splitting grin and kind eyes kept me rooted in place long enough to shake his hand and hear his excited introduction: “Hi, my name is David Faber, and I’m a Holocaust Survivor. This is my book, would you like to see it?” He had me at hello. How could I not walk out of the store with a memoir from a Holocaust survivor that I just met in person? Mr. Faber was beyond sweet but there was a look to his eyes…a sort of pain that I could never understand and I will never forget. Both my friend and I bought a signed copy of his book, said polite goodbyes as he greeted other minglers, and attempted to wander the rest of the store without crying. There is a light inside Mr. Faber that even eight concentration camps could not extinguish and that alone is amazing. I put my life on hold and started the book when I got home. This is not an emotionally light read, but it is a quick one – a necessary one, in my opinion.

Though I am not directly connected to the Holocaust or the few people that survived it by blood, it has left an impression on me since school that I can’t quite explain. I think it’s important for all of us, young and old, to remember our History and not repeat the appalling mistakes of our past. As a whole, the World still has a great deal of learning to do. In Mr. Faber’s book, Because of Romek, we hear the story of a young man who lives through the Holocaust and witnesses the deaths of his family and friends…and the countless deaths of those in concentration camps. It’s a story of courage, love, pain, loss and survival. This is the story of a man who lived. A story that must never be forgotten…one that should forever be shared. Because of Romek, Mr. Faber is with us today…I highly recommend going on this courageous journey he has so graciously shared with the World. When you do, remember we are all here because our ancestors survived. So find a comfy chair and a box of tissues and lose yourself in David Faber’s amazing journey for a day. Your heart and soul won’t regret it.

Description: Because of Romek is a nonfiction, autobiographical narrative about the experiences of a teenager during the Holocaust of World War II. This is the riveting, true story of a young boy’s survival in the face of Nazi atrocities.

In the mid-1960s, the German government contacted David Faber to testify against Nazi war criminals. Until then, he did not know that his older brother, Romek, whom the Nazis had tortured to death many years earlier, had been involved in a Polish Underground plot to avert Nazi Germany’s ability to create an atomic bomb. When David finally agreed to testify, he began to relive all the horrors of his experiences during the war: concentration camps, murders, tortures, starvation, and disease. When David Faber was 13 years old, he had witnessed the Nazi murders of his parents, brother Romek, and five of his six sisters. He survived nine concentration camps between the ages of 13-18, from 1939 to 1945, including Auschwitz and Buchenwald. When he was liberated in 1945 from the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, he weighed a mere 72 pounds. Because of Romek fulfills David’s promise to his dead mother that he would survive and tell the world about the horrors committed against him and his family. – Courtesy of

A very big thank you to Trish for being here today and sharing a wonderful selection.

Here’s a little more about Trish Marie Dawson:

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

She is the author of “I Hope You Find Me” and “Dying to Forget”, available now at Click the titles for more information.


4 Responses to “Books Worth Buying: Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor’s Memoir”

  1. writermirandastork August 30, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    I must pick this book up and add it to my TBR pile. I agree, this part of history is one we should never forget or learn from, and my heart aches when I see anything like this. Thank you for recommending a great book today Trish.


    • trishmarie August 30, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      I do think everyone should read it! 🙂 Thanks for having me, Tara! 🙂


      • tarawood21 August 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

        Trish, you know you are welcome here anytime!!!


  2. writermirandastork August 30, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    Oops, I meant ‘forget to learn from’.


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