Author Eric Lamet was only seven years old when the Nazis invaded Vienna - and changed his life and the lives of all European Jews forever. Five days after Hitler marches, Eric Lamet and his parents flee for their lives. His father goes back to his native Poland - and never comes back. His mother hides out in Italy, on the run from place to place, taking her son deeper and deeper into the mountains to avoid capture.
Very few Holocaust memoirs address the plight of Jews sent into internal exile in Mussolini's Italy, which is what makes A CHILD AL CONFINO most intriguing. Having now lived in the United States since 1950, author Lamet offers a rare and historically important portrait: a unique recount of a young boy's experiences during the Holocaust, and one the reader will not soon forget.
A story about family, either by blood or by circumstance; a mother's bravery and wit; and a young man's naivete - Eric's ability to recognize the unpredictable positives during the hardships of war afforded him the vivid experiences, memorable relationships and lessons about life that make this book stand apart.
"Survivors' testimonies, such as this," says Nobel laureate and author, Elie Wiesel, "Are essential in the understanding of what we so poorly call the Holocaust."