"I came through the Holocaust because of a series of often inexplicable circumstances, all of which were beyond my control. For instance, my 6-foot-2-1/2-inch height positioned me at the head of the line in forced marches across Europe. For a time, I benefited from this -- at least minimally ..."
Recounting life in pre-Nazi Europe through war's end, Michael (Jakubowics) Jackson sets his personal experiences in a larger historical and social context.
Head of the Line chronicles life in a small Jewish village in the 1920s and '30s, until Jewish families were rounded up and driven from their homes. From the moment he and his family were deported until his liberation, Jackson endured years in hiding, slave labor for the military and horrific ordeals in the Flossenburg, Hersbruck and Dachau concentration camps.
Written as a compelling personal story, the text tries to explain the Why? of the Holocaust in a religious and social framework. Jackson emphasizes that since his fate was to survive the camps, he's obligated to record this tragic history as a lesson for future generations. The result is a deeply moving account that illuminates the genocide against European Jews in World War II.
"Extremely interesting. New material. Well-written."
Elie Wiesel, Boston University, Boston, MA