I'm late to arrive at Lawrence-based writer Caryn Miriam-Golberg's book Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. The book tells the difficult and yet ultimately triumphant tale of late Lawrence residents Lou Frydman and Jarek Piekalkiewicz who both survived Nazi death camps and marches during the Holocaust. Frydman, along with his brother Abe were taken by the German army during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. By the end of the war, everyone in his extended family had been killed except the two brothers. Piekalkiewicz started his own underground army at age sixteen and remained part of the Polish resistance until his ultimate capture by the Nazis. The two men's harrowing tales as those targeted as "different" and "dangerous" by the governing party remains even more relevant in today's political climate. Mirriam-Goldberg's exhaustive research and beautiful translation of hours of interviews with the two men makes this book among one of the finest of Holocaust biographies. Highly recommended by Kelly
Needle in the Bone tells the astonishing stories of Holocaust survivor Lou Frydman and former Polish resistance fighter Jarek Piekalkiewicz. As mere teenagers during World War II, the two men defied daunting odds, lost everything and nearly everyone in the war, and yet summoned the courage to start new lives in the United States.