Invisible Jews: Surviving the Holocaust in Poland (Paperback)
"A Holocaust story which must be read" -- "An amazing story of survival against all odds" -- "A simply incredible story of grit and ingenuity" -- "Needs to be on a mandatory reading list for every school "
Eddie Bielawski was born in the town of Wegrow in Poland in mid-1938. Not a propitious time and place for a Jewish child to be born. As a young child, he watched the Nazi army marching toward Russia. Day and night they marched -- soldiers, trucks, tanks, and more soldiers, in a never-ending line -- an invincible force. He heard his father whisper in shock, "Who is going to stop them?"
One night, Eddie's father had a dream. In this dream, he saw what he had to do: where to build the bunker, how to build it, and even its dimensions. It took him three weeks to finish the job. When he was done, he took his family into the shed and asked them if they could find the trap door. When they could not, he was satisfied. This would be their Noah's Ark, saving them from the initial deluge.
For three long years, starting in 1941 when the Nazis started the deportations and mass killings, Eddie and his family hid in secret bunkers that were dug in fields, under sheds, or constructed in barn lofts. It seemed that the only way that a Jew could survive in wartime Poland was to become invisible. So they became invisible Jews.
"Inspiring to read of their resilience, ingenuity, and courage in overcoming almost unbearable circumstances. I highly recommend this great read " --Cathie Johnson
"If you read Anne Frank, then read this So amazing and inspiring." --Virginia Cummings.
About the Author
Born in mid-1938 in Poland, Eddie Bielawski is probably one of the youngest Holocaust survivors with any memory of the war years. The Bielawski family survived the Holocaust by becoming invisible. After the war, they moved to Canada via Vienna. Eddie has a B.A. in English and was a high school teacher in Canada for four years and in Netanya, Israel, for 38 years, where he retired and still resides with his wife. He has three children and ten grandchildren, all living in Israel.