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Aaron's Revenge is probably the most amazing journey I've ever read. From his scrapes with death as a slave laborer to his escape from the Soviet secret police, I couldn't put the book down. I have taught World History and American History at different levels. I'm convinced this book would engage the students in a much deeper, more meaningful way than the current routine of key words and boring textbooks. The adventure is real and you can't put the book down. The author does a great job of incorporating maps and historical facts. This is a must-read.

--David Freer "Book Banner" – Professor

A Gripping Tale: Where Was God During the War? “Aaron's Revenge" takes us on a true life journey experienced by Aaron Herskowitz - a 5'2" Jewish farmer who escaped from being a Nazi slave and ended up being ruler of a conquered German town. I had the privilege of interviewing Howard Herskowitz, the son of Aaron and author of the book, who shared that for many years, his dad struggled with the very same question many of our service members struggle with today - "Where is God" in all the destruction? See, Howard's dad was part of the Czech Army in 1936 and then in 1939 Germany gave Aaron's little town over to the Hungarians. He went from being a soldier to a slave under the Hungarians. Unlike the Germans, who hunted and killed Jews for sport, the Hungarians kept the Jews alive to do all their hard labor. Aaron would have none of it. While many Jews had immigrated to the US prior to World War II, in 1939 the American State Department shut down the immigration of Jews - so Aaron had two options: remain a slave or fight. And fight he did. When the Germans and Hungarians invaded Russia, Aaron is attributed to having contributed to changing the outcome of a major battle in the Russians’ favor, hard to imagine, as an axis slave. A few weeks later, the Nazis surrendered at Stalingrad. Often soldiers will recount the good they find among the evil in war. He went from a slave of the Hungarians and Germans to escaping to the Russians who valued his ability to speak eight different languages and subsequently made him the overlord of a captured enemy town: and in the first few weeks of doing so, there was retribution on many of those captured, especially those who were revealed to have committed atrocities. But as Howard explained, it didn't take Aaron long to figure out his actions, should he not change them, would make him no different than his Nazi tormentors. So he changed. Howard tackles some pretty tough questions in this recount of his dad's life - questions like, "How many Nazis did you kill?" and "Why didn't more Jews attempt to escape?" - but the most compelling for me was his answer to "Where is God?" in all the killing. His answer is one that I am sure resonates with many soldiers. Aaron answers this question and many more in Aaron’s Revenge. This book is the perfect holiday gift for you history buffs who want a unique "behind the scenes" retelling of one of the most devastating wars in history.

-- Michael Schindler of The Military Wire

Mr. Herskowitz, this book is excellent. You have a real talent as a writer and a story-teller.

-- Elliott Goldenberg - Renowned author

"The book is indeed riveting."

--Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff - Acclaimed Holocaust educator and writer.

As Aaron discloses in the beginning of the book: "I am...beloved son, father, brother, husband; ...patriotic son of Czechoslovakia, soldier, lover of God; slave laborer, hater of God, Russian partisan, persecutor, killer, survivor." He shares his story honestly, without apology and with no effort to smooth over the jagged edges of the experience. The memoir is often raw and disturbing, true to the times and personalities it depicts... The book is well-written and often gripping and provides a perspective rarely found in Holocaust memoirs. It is recommended for mature readers who have the perspective and background to engage the material and the ethical issues it raises.

--Jewish Book World.

Before Passover this year, you gave Rabbi Kaplan a copy of your book. I (appropriately) began reading it over Passover and finished it in two days! Even amidst the chaos and hustle and bustle of two community Seders with over 150 people, I stayed up late and woke early to finish the book!! I could not put it down! I am 35 years old and went to Yeshiva my whole life. I am an educator, teacher and lecturer. I have learnt and read extensively on the Holocaust but none of my teachings prepared me for the powerful story of your father!! I am writing to thank you for sharing his story! I am writing to tell you how amazing and informative your book was! I am writing because I am still "living" his story in my thoughts each day. I am writing because I was touched and moved!

--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,” 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
 
 
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