This powerful memoir takes the reader from a peaceful home in Sochaczew to terror in Auschwitz-Birkenau and lastly to the safety of the Screaming Eagles. David Wisnia, a child singing star, was the middle child in a family of five. His father was a prosperous furniture manufacturer; his mother a contented housewife. After the family moved to Warsaw, Davidâ€™s family happily celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He remembers the marmalade, a rare delicacy, served on this special day. Six months later Europe was at war, Warsaw was occupied, and tragedy struck his family. David became a fugitive on the run from the Nazis.
Eventually rounded up by the SS, David was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. There, because he could sing, he was assigned a â€śgoodâ€ť job disinfecting clothing in the Sauna, a relatively warm and comfortable place. Despite this he lived through three years of fear, knowing each day could be his last. David survived Auschwitz as well as a death march with the help of fellow inmates. His liberation was the stuff of fairy tales when â€śLittle Davey,â€ť as he was called, at eighteen years, ended up being â€śadoptedâ€ť by the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division who assisted him in immigrating to the U.S.
Davidâ€™s story is unique: he is a Holocaust survivor and also one of a band of liberators. One Voice, Two Lives adds a new dimension to Holocaust narratives.
Part I: Before the War 1
Part II: The War Begins 9
Part III: Auschwitz/Birkenau 38
Part IV: Death March and Escape 64
Part V: With the 101st Airborne Division 73
Epilogue: After the War 94