David survives holocaust and then communism in Romania, and then America
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Lucky David picked by error as a locksmith (Metalarbeiter) in Auschwitz, only after two days of exposure to the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ends up in north-eastern France(Thil-Longwy), where is fluency in three languages, helps his to make friend, gets extra food, and his good fortune does not leave him in three other death-camps. Liberated by Americans, he finds modalities to hitch-hike, walk, and finally reaches his hometown in Romania, Oradea. The unexpected communist dictatorship challenges his into dangereous situation, always at the edge of ending up in a dungeon, where he helps the prisoners at the risk of his freedom. A communist agent falls in love with his house, and he gets his passport. After a sejourn in of eleven months in Austria, he makes it to America
When I was five years old, we were very poor. One pale yellow bulb hung through the dusty spider webs, scattered with fly carcasses, like Christmas decorations. Whitewashed walls were painted in yellow strips by the rainwater that oozed through broken shingles.
I slept on a piece of rattan covered with a gray blanket and a sheet, under a broken window mended with brown paper.