The Mascot

The Mascot

The Extraordinary Story of A Young Jewish Boy and An SS Extermination Squad

Book - 2007
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`I want to know who I am. I want to know who my people are before I die ... I want to place a flower on my mother's grave. Wherever that may be.' Alex Kurzem

As a five-year-old during the Second World War, Alex Kurzem had watched from a tree as the entire Jewish population of his village, including his family, were murdered by a German-led execution squad. He scavenged in the forests of Russia for several months before falling into the hands of a Latvian police brigade that later became an SS company. After one soldier discovered this young boy was actually Jewish, Alex was made to promise never to reveal his true identity - to forget his old life, his family, and even his name. The young boy became the company's mascot and part of the Nazi propaganda machine responsible for killing his own people.

After fifty years of holding onto this childhood secret, Alex had an overwhelming need to share the remarkable truth about his past.

Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : 2007
ISBN: 9780670029686
Branch Call Number: B 940.5318092 KURZ
Characteristics: 340 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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