"Keeping alive the message of the Holocaust can be a formidable challenge in a world with increasing number of Holocaust deniers who seek to annihilate the Jewish people. This book is a collection of letters written by a young man names Philip Slier (known to his family and close friends as Flip), together with photographs, maps, and historical accounts of the times places where Flip, his family, and his friends were imprisoned or in hiding.

Although everyday was a challenge for both physical and mental survival, Flip always maintained a positive attitude, and he often conveyed this message as he wrote to his family from the work camps where he was forced to stay. Through great courage and faith, Flip managed to motivate his family and fellow prisoners to keep trying to make it to the next day.

Unfortunately, Flip Slier and his immediate family did not survive the Holocaust. However, because a family member was clever enough to save Flip’s letters and hide them from the Nazis, we now have this testimony for future generations. Deborah Slier, a relative from South Africa, studied these letters and arranged for their translation and publication.

The book is attractively laid out and very informative. It is an excellent history of a difficult and critical time period that must never be forgotten."
- Hannah M. Heller
Multicultural Review, Winter 2008
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