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You have chronicled the most compelling saga of your father's nightmare struggle during the bleak, black period of World War II and the horror of the Holocaust. While reviewing your work, I was reminded of an ancient Indian proverb: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.” Those of us who have survived the Holocaust have walked those two moons and we are the last to judge.

--The Late US Congressman Tom Lantos

This gem of a memoir describes the epic ordeal of Aaron Herskowitz, a young Czechoslovakian who, caught up in the treacherously deadly currents of World War II, somehow survived and, with his son's able assistance as the author of this magnificent work, this book stands as a monument...how this one remarkable man succeeded by luck, courage and ingenious imagination, in surviving and triumphing over the horrific ordeals inflicted upon him by Nazi fascism at its worst. Social history at its best, this is a must read.

--Colonel David M. Glantz, US Army (ret.) Historian, author and world renowned expert on the German v. Russian campaign during world War II.

"Aaron's Revenge - From Slave to Master" is one of the great epic stories that encompasses modern warfare. The Russian Front of World War II has been considered by many to be the most brutal military campaign in history, even more so than that war’s Western Front, where I had the privilege of serving directly under the command of General George S. Patton. Aaron's Revenge is an epic tale of a man's brutal slavery on the Eastern Front under Nazism and fascism, but it is the most radical "turn-around" of fortunes I have ever encountered. I could never have imagined this true story of a European man who escaped Nazi slavery, to join the Russians and become a man of great power to deal out justice to those former slavemasters who had so brutally punished him and his comrades just because they were Jewish. "From Slave to Master" is indeed a fitting subtitle for this book. Aaron interrogated the prisoners he captured and punished those who committed atrocities. I have had the great pleasure of spending time with Aaron Herskowitz's son, Howard, the author, who has most stunningly told this incredible story, in which Aaron manages to overcome the odds, it seems, with nine lives. I have fact-checked the military and historical aspects of the story and they are true and correct. The book is so well-written and engrossing that I couldn't put it down. I recommend it highly, and I consider "Aaron's Revenge'' a must read.

-- General Albin Irzyk, U.S. Army ret., author of "He Rode Up Front For Patton," renowned expert on the European campaigns of World War II. He and General Patton liberated a Nazi death camp in Western Germany before the war was over. General lrzyk’s Fourth Armored Division spearheaded Gen. Patton's Third Army across Western and Central Europe. He was wounded twice and received the nation's second highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross, for extraordinary heroism.

Dear Howard, when I read your book I was overwhelmed with a myriad of tumultuous emotions. I could not put it down until I had finished every last word of it, soaking in the spellbinding story of your father’s journeys and the powerful history of our people only 70 years ago. Regarding your live presentation, I should have known from your captivating book how absolutely amazing your talk was going to be. The energy in the room was comforting, as people mingled and spoke in hushed voices. You could feel the excitement and anticipation grow. We all took our seats and the performance began. I say ‘performance’ because indeed that is what it was. You treated us to a most fabulous soliloquy of excerpts of your father’s intolerable years during the Holocaust. You interspersed your talks with live footage of the Hero himself, speaking of the atrocities, moral dilemmas and feelings about his trials and tribulations. We felt his pain as he choked back tears and shared his memories of those five horrendous years he spent with the Nazis and Hungarians. Howard, you passionately and eloquently shared with the audience just enough to wet their palette, leaving them wanting more, the more of course, which is in the book! A must read. There were tears, there was laughter. I could not help but feel a deep spiritual bond, a connection and passion with everyone in the room! Howard; you surpassed my expectations! I cannot thank you enough for your courage and hard work in allowing the world to hear the atrocities of the Holocaust and for sharing such a personal and riveting story with the world. May the memory of your parents be honored and the memory of the 6 million who perished never be forgotten. Thank you once again for allowing us a powerful glimpse into Aaron Herskowitz’s life. May G-d help you and guide you in your future endeavors!

--Devorah Kaplan, wife of Rabbi S Kaplan, Downtown Jewish Center Chabad.

Our synagogue hosted author Howard Herskowitz during a recent Shabbat service. Howard wrote a book entitled "Aaron's Revenge - From Slave to Master," the true story of his father's unusual means of survival during the Holocaust. The Shabbat service commemorated Krystallnacht and Howard's accounting of his father's strength and hope reinforced the message of "Never Again." Howard is a captivating storyteller; animated, humorous and heartwarming. He is also a consummate professional; attentive to detail and punctual. Our congregation thoroughly enjoyed listening to him. We wish Howard continued great success. B'Ahavat Olam,

--Hazan Rav Danny Marmorstein, Rabbi and Cantor

Dear Howard Herskowitz, Feedbacks from participants of your book event were extremely positive and they were most appreciative of the dynamic presentation that you gave on the book that you authored — " Aaron's Revenge from Slave to Master — A True Story". They were all touched by the moving story of your father’s survival during the darkest period in Jewish history - - The Holocaust. We certainly look forward to having other opportunities to host you and hope that you have other opportunities to share this important story. Sincerely,

--Miriam Meislik -- Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center.

I have now read your book with much interest. Your father was a remarkable man and the story is very well told.

-- Dr. Michael Berenbaum- Internationally acclaimed author, historian, educator, TV/Film producer.

Just when we think we have read everything that can be said about that war tragedy, along comes a book like Aaron's Revenge...Aaron Herskowitz will surprise you, perhaps shock you...Aaron's Revenge is a rough book to read, and was meant to be so. It offers no excuses, makes no apologies and seeks no moral high ground. It simply asks the question, "What would you have done?"

--Jack Shakely, Internet Review of Books

 

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