Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Dr. Audrey Birnbaum, Author, "American Wolf: From Nazi Refugee to American Spy"
About Harvey's guest:
As many of you know, we have featured a number of authors on our show who’ve written books about surviving the Holocaust.
Today’s guest, Dr. Audrey Birnbaum, has produced a highly compelling and emotionally powerful book that came into existence in a rather unusual way.
When her father, Wolf Schwersenz, was an 11-year old child living with his parents in Nazi Germany, and suffering horrific antisemitic persecution, as all European Jews did after the rise of Hitler, the family overcame every conceivable obstacle and narrowly escaped deportation and death in 1941, by miraculously finding a way to get to America. When Wolf turned 75, he wrote his life story, entitled “The History of My Life’s Struggles”, vividly retelling and preserving his memories of his childhood in Nazi Germany, his family’s death-defying escape from Europe, the arduous and horrific 5-week journey across the Atlantic in an unspeakably ill-equipped and dangerously overcrowded cargo ship, and the sometimes painful and challenging transition to life in America for himself, his parents and his sister, as new immigrants. He also wrote about his fascinating experiences as an intelligence officer in the American Military when he was sent back to East Germany in the 1950’s.
Twelve years after Wolf wrote his life story, and after he passed away in 2018, his daughter, our guest, found her father’s 340 pages of notes in her attic. And she carefully and lovingly converted those notes into a book, entitled "American Wolf: From Nazi Refugee to American Spy", telling her father’s story through HIS voice. It’s a riveting, heart-stopping, true story full of last-minute rescues, near-death encounters, and survival against untold odds. It’s also a story about survival, tenacity, ingenuity, family dynamics, inherited trauma and national identity – and above all, it’s a resounding testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
Our guest is from New York, and she recently retired from a distinguished career as a doctor, specializing in Pediatric Gastro-enterology.
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