What the main lesson from the real personal stories of a witness - of the two worse totalitarian system – the importance of remaining human.
"I have been a Jew during Fascism a bourgeois under Communism a rebel defeated in an uprising a refugee among the free and a have-not amid plenty.
This book contains over 60 stories that range from my youth in Hungary the ordeal of a death march and concentration camps the oppression of the Communist dictatorship the promise and defeat of the Hungarian Revolution and finally my American years.
I am a physician and an artist. Medicine is an art as indeed is living. Art and medicine are two consequences of the same desire – to sustain life.
Six values guide my life:
-The value of compassion. From my Holocaust experience MY QUESTION what could those silent slaughtered millions would ask of us now? Hatred and revenge -- the very qualities that led to their demise? Not likely. I believe they would want us to have understanding compassion and love.
-The value of equal treatment. A double standard is the biggest threat to civilization.
-The value of children. Nothing is more important than the moral and intellectual education of our future generations.
-The value of humor. I take humor seriously.
-The value of suffering. Suffering has made me appreciate how precious life is. Hardship has made every minute every slice of bread more enjoyable and meaningful.
-The value of remaining humane even in inhumane circumstances.
Robert O. Fisch is a native of Budapest Hungary and a survivor of the Holocaust. After escaping from Hungary he became a medical intern at the University of Minnesota and was a professor of pediatrics there from 1979 until his retirement in 1997. Dr. Fisch is known internationally for his clinical research in phenylketonuria (PKU) a genetic disease. For his heroism the Hungarian government awarded him a medal in 1995 and knighthood in 2000.
An award-winning artist Dr. Fisch's first book Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust is an eloquent portrayal of his Holocaust experience. His other books include The Metamorphosis to Freedom Dear Dr. Fisch: Children's Letters to a Holocaust Survivor and Fisch Stories - Reflections on Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and The Sky Is Not the Limit
"In these pages we encounter the wisdom of an elder. Always with clarity always with accuracy and resonance his narratives propelled by natural aphoristic gifts Robert Fisch affords us many glimpses of a richly lived life a life committed to the betterment of humankind and the unveiling of basic truths often obscured from us. There is great tenderness in this writing an innately healing quality in his exceptional attentiveness to a wide and deep range of concerns. Whether writing of his own survival in the death camps or his medical care of an angelic dying child or his memory of the last helping touch of a beloved father this author bring us in wave after wave of spare yet eloquent prose profound and always touching lessons in how to embrace and appraise life in even the most excruciating circumstances. Himself neither angel nor saint he is a naturally philosophical spirit fully human in his responses (and sometimes wonderfully wickedly funny in his portraits of certain behaviors). 'My father lives as long as I do' Dr. Robert Fisch writes on the final page devoted son of that vanished father he gives us in this book a gift for the ages."-Michael Dennis Browne Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota writer and poet. Minneapolis MN.