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Holocaust survivor book,German best-seller

Press Association logoPress Association 26/03/2017 By Isabel Togoh, Press Association

A biography describing the ordeal of a Holocaust survivor has become a German best-selling biography within a week of its release.

Penned by 90-year-old Sam Pivnik, Survivor: Auschwitz, The Death March And My Fight For Freedom raced straight to the number one spot on Germany's best-selling biographies list after being translated and released on March 13.

The book begins with an adolescent Pivnik, whose family was forced into a Polish ghetto in 1943 before being sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp.

While he was kept in the camp for six months, his parents and younger siblings were killed upon arrival.

Pivnik, who settled in London after the war and became an art dealer, said: "I am pleased that German people can read this now.

"I cannot say that you should enjoy the book, it's not an enjoyable book, it's a terrible thing in history that took place, but thank God we are all free people now and that's the main thing.

"We are all human beings. We must live and learn from history to make sure that it never, never, never happens again."

The 300-page book was first published in the UK in 2012 and has since been translated into eight languages.

Since its release in Germany Pivnik has received letters from German schoolchildren.

Marius Horak, a student at Gruenstadt School in southern Germany said: "I knew it was horrible and bad but I never really understood that it was that bad and most people don't understand that and don't know about it.

"This is a first hand source which is unusual. (Reading) it, it felt like I was really there."

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