The Maple Tree Behind The Barbed Wire
A Story of Survival from the Czestochowa Ghetto

(Częstochowa, Poland)

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Jerzy Einhorn was fourteen years old when the war started. His father Pinkus was “the” tailor of Czestochowa – a fact which together with Pinkus' s mental resourcefulness would help save the family.

This touching memoir, which sold several hundred thousand copies when it was first published in Swedish, documents Jerzy Einhorn's life in Czestochowa before the war, during the war – in the Czestochowa ghetto and the concentration camp Hasag-Pelcery – and after the war, when Jerzy came as a refugee to Sweden and started studying medicine.

Jerzy Einhorn became a prominent figure in Swedish life, as a Professor of Oncology, a Member of Parliament and a debater. He passed away in 2000. The Maple Tree Behind The Barbed Wire has also been published in Polish and Russian.

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