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Agony of Survival

Albert A. Hutler with Marvin J. Folkertsma, Jr.¬†–

Agony of Survival is a 1945 chronicle of a young lieutenant in the United States Army in postwar Germany. Caught in an emotional maelstrom of half-starved emaciated survivors of the concentration camps, he was charged with the responsibility for the care and repatriation of displaced persons in his area. The governments of the United States, Britain, and France helped but not always enthusiastically. The Jewish survivors of the concentration camps had also to survive the continuing anti-Semitism of some of the allied officers and enlisted men as well as other displaced persons. The world had changed but not the old attitudes and prejudices.

Following V-E Day and knowing little about the horrors of the Holocaust, newly arrived officials replaced veterans of the war. Hutler faced both the disinterest and insensitivity of some of those officials but was remarkably successful as a conciliator, later earning the appreciation of General Eisenhower and Dean Earl Harrison, President Truman’s investigative deputy.

“Written with warmth and feeling this book brings back vividly and realistically the historic era of rescue and rehabilitation during the end of World War II in Germany and immediately afterward. . . . Books such as this are of signal importance today since the statements of the many eye-witnesses to the evil they saw and experienced demolish the baseless arguments of the revisionists of the history of that dark period.” Dr. Judah Nadich, Rabbi Emeritus, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City and former Advisor on Jewish Affairs to General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“I was struck with awe and admiration when reading¬†Agony of Survival. Though volumes, millions of words have been written about the Holocaust and the dreadful aftermath, this book will trouble the sleep of generations to come. . . .” Abraham Nasatir, Emeritus Professor of History, San Diego State University, Fulbright Professor.

ALBERT A. HUTLER received B.S. and L.L.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and attended the Graduate School of Social Work Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served as Founding Executive Director of the United Jewish Fund of San Diego County, Founder of the Jewish Federation of San Diego, Executive Director of the Combined Jewish Appeal, and Associate Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.


Cloth, 229 pages, 6×9
ISBN 0-944435-06-8
LC 89-83455
Jewish Book Club
Nominated-National Jewish
Book Awards

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