Part of a new Holocaust remembrance series of important testimonies and memoirs from the unique collections of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.
This is the story of two brothers caught up in the Nazi persecution of the Jews. After being transferred to several detention camps throughout Europe, they were eventually transported to Auschwitz. Rescued by the Quakers, they endured stays in several orphanages and eventual separation, before making new lives in the US and Israel, which included for Frederick a role in America's space programme. Touching and gripping, this autobiography arises out of their need to tell their story to their grandchildren. With its interplay between the two brothers, this is one of the most interesting Holocaust narratives to appear in recent years.
Frederick Raymes was born in Germany in 1929 and immigrated to the United States in 1946 where he received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He served in the US Army and was employed in the US Defense Industry where he headed a program that developed the Space Shuttle. He is now an active volunteer lecturing on the Holocaust in schools, and has five grandchildren. Menachem Mayer was born in Germany in 1932 and came to Israel in 1948. After his discharge from the Israel Defense Forces, he received his doctorate in education from Hebrew University. He has been the Science Teaching Superintendent and Jerusalem District superintendent and has received many awards, including the Weizmann Institute's Amos de Shalit Prize in 1977. He has ten grandchildren.