Author

Howard Herskowitz convinced his father, Aaron, to tell his story despite his dad’s resistance to revisiting those nightmarish memories. In 1990, when Aaron was seventy-five years old, Howard and his brother Louis, accompanied their parents to Bilke for the first time since the end of World War II. Howard documented Aaron’s story, both on film and paper, capturing all the dramatic elements of Aaron’s Journey. Howard Herskowitz’s upbringing, by two Jewish Holocaust survivors, fostered a life-long interest in history, with an especially passionate curiosity about the lack of Jewish resistance during World War II. When Howard became a lawyer, he always maintained an empathy for the innocent underdog in a conflict against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Howard experiences the same sympathetic passions in his study of history, where innocent out-numbered individuals manage to overcome overwhelmingly superior odds and achieve victory.

Howard has spent many years consulting with historians and witnesses to verify the facts in Aaron's Journey. Herskowitz’s passion for relaying his father’s struggles illustrates his devotion to his family and his love for communicating a significant period in history.

 




 

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Didn’t David slay Goliath? What about Judah Macabee’s epic revolt? Didn’t any of those stories mean anything to the Jews who perished during the Holocaust?

 

The Modest Hero

As his father’s tale unfolded, Howard began to understand the untold truth kept virtually secret for decades until now, about how the Jewish leaders, the community rabbis and their ancient beliefs against organized resistance and against emigration to Palestine played an unwitting role in the murder of so many Jews. Aaron’s stories became even more important as his own truth came out: He’d delivered a measure of justice to his former captors, and on behalf of those millions of Jews who perished throughout Europe. It is in the small town of Gerjen that Howard’s question is finally answered.