Book Reviews Memoir Non-Fiction

One Voice, Two Lives by David Wisnia

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

This book is an amazing memoir that will keep you turning the pages.

David Wisnia and his family lived in Sochaczew, Poland. He came from a well-to-do family. His father owned a factory that manufactured folding beds and upholstered furniture. However, soon after David’s Bar Mitzvah everything changed when Germany occupied Poland. David’s family was murdered and he was left by himself and had to run to avoid getting captured by the Nazis.

In time David ended up in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. David tells the readers many stories about what happened there. So many times, he thought he was going to die but partially through his singing voice he was given special perks. He tells of his relationship with Rose and how she also helped him.

On one of the final death marches, David makes his escape. He is rescued by the 101st Airborne and they kept David with them because he could speak many languages. They also helped him get to the United States after the war.

This is a book you will want to read. The book goes into detail about what happened at Auschwitz-Birkenau and how the prisoners suffered. It is amazing to see how David survived everything that happened to him. The book is also filled with photos, maps and a timeline of what happened to David.

David Wisnia is a Cantor. In 2015 he was the Cantor at the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and he sang at the 75th Anniversary in January 2020.

One Voice, Two Lives is a powerful memoir that is very sad but at the same it shows how one can survive by thinking positive day after day no matter what happens. Thinking positive is what made David survive!

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