The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

If, By Miracle

Author: Michael Kutz ISBN: 978-1-897470-35-0

“I didn’t see anyone outside the pit, so I jumped out…. I had the feeling that my mother was running beside me and calling out to me, “Michael, run faster and don’t look back!”

Nearly buried alive, 10-year-old Michael Kutz narrowly escapes the Nazi death squad that has killed 4,000 Jews, including his own family, in his hometown of Nieswiez. Guided by his mother’s last words and determined to survive, he becomes the youngest member of a partisan resistance group in the dense Belorussian forest, taking part in daring operations against the Nazis and their collaborators. After the war, Michael embarks on an odyssey through Czechoslovakia, Austria, Italy, and, finally, Canada, as he tries to find a home where he can leave the horrors of his past behind. Translated from the original Yiddish, If, By Miracle is the gripping and compelling story of a courageous and resilient young boy searching for freedom.

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Read an excerpt from If, By Miracle, here.

6X9 paperback
224 pages with photos
Egalement disponible en français 

About the Author

Michael Kutz

Michael Kutz was born in Nieswiez, Poland (present-day Belarus) on November 21, 1930. He arrived in Canada as a war orphan in 1948 and lived in Winnipeg before settling in Montreal in the early 1950s, where he joined various charitable organizations dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth, the elderly and war veterans. He continues to be engaged in community initiatives and regularly speaks to students about the Holocaust. Michael Kutz and his wife Pat live in Montreal.

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