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No One Awaiting Me: Two Brothers Defy Death During the Holocaust in Romania

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Joil Alpern
978-1-55238-418-3 (Institutional PDF)
$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD
259 pages
17 b/w photographs, 2 maps, index
October 2001


About the Book: 

Here is the riveting account of two orphaned brothers whose unshakeable courage enable them to survive the still rarely told horrors of the Holocaust in Romania. As Jews were expelled from Bukovina and Bessarabia to Transnistria, young Joil and Avrum witnessed the cruel destruction of their own parents and many others. But underlying the author's unflinching account of the unthinkable brutality of the Holocaust is the inspiration and passion Joil and his little brother had to live. No One Awaiting Me is a story both triumphant and poignant. Readers will never forget the powerful and loving bond which existed between these two brothers. Their fight to endure the nightmare was waged with unmistakable optimism. Joil Alpern's indefatigable will to survive, and to protect his younger brother, enabled the boys to live through the most oppressive existence mankind has ever devised. Progressively, the memoir becomes a remarkably inspiring and thoughtful experience for any reader who is willing to consider the never-ending conflict between the finest and most constructive drives of humankind and the murderously destructive capacities of our species.

About the Author(s): 

Joil Alpern was born in Bukovina, Romania. He and his family were force-marched to Transnistria in 1941. He and his brother were orphaned the following year. After two years in Displaced Persons camps across Europe, Joil Alpern came to Canada where he worked in the garment industry, and eventually found his way into the cattle business.

Jack Chisvin Family Award for a Holocaust Memorial 2003 (15th Annual Canadian Jewish Book Awards)
The Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, 2001
The Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, 2001