Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream

Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream

The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother

216 pages
12 photographs

eBook (PDF)

December 2018


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December 2018


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December 2018


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About the Book

Seven years after the death of his mother, Malka, Stanley A. Goldman traveled to Israel to visit her best friend during the Holocaust. The best friend’s daughter showed Goldman a pamphlet she had acquired from the Israeli Holocaust Museum that documented activities of one man’s negotiations with the Nazi’s interior minister and SS head, Heinrich Himmler, for the release of the Jewish women from the concentration camp at Ravensbrück. While looking through the pamphlet, the two discovered a picture that could have been their mothers being released from the camp. Wanting to know the details of how they were saved, Goldman set out on a long and difficult path to unravel the mystery. 

After years of researching the pamphlet, Goldman learned that a German Jew named Norbert Masur made a treacherous journey from the safety of Sweden back into the war zone in order to secure the release of the Jewish women imprisoned at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Masur not only succeeded in his mission against all odds but he contributed to the downfall of the Nazi hierarchy itself. This amazing, little-known story uncovers a piece of history about the undermining of the Nazi regime, the women of the Holocaust, and the strained but loving relationship between a survivor and her son. 

Author Bio

​Stanley A. Goldman is a professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and the founding director of the Loyola Center for the Study of Law and Genocide. He co-anchored a national program on CBS Network Radio during the months of the O. J. Simpson trial and has spent over two years as a regular contributor on CNBC. Goldman has spent more than ten years as a full-time employee of the Fox News Channel as the network’s on-air legal editor, as well as a news correspondent, analyst, and occasional host.


"The son of a Holocaust survivor rehearses the horrors of his mother's captivity, the improbability of her survival, and the deleterious lingering effects on her—and him. . . . A welcome excavation of an obscure corner of Holocaust history."—Kirkus

“A harrowing, haunting memoir and history. I couldn’t put it down.”—Charles Rosenberg, author of The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

“Professor Goldman’s account of this previously untold moment in history is seismic. What a tale! It is not only purposeful but also riveting and enlightening. It’s a must-read, especially at a time when, sadly, there are creeping global similarities to the festering mindset in the run-up to World War II.”—Ashleigh Banfield, host of HLN’s Crime and Justice with Ashleigh Banfield

“Stanley Goldman has written what may perhaps be the last genre of Holocaust memoirs. The son of a Holocaust survivor, he has pieced together his mother’s story and told it with respect and dispassion. . . . The result is a powerful work that probes the past and its indelible impact on those who have been directly touched by it. He writes with candor but not with rancor, a feat as remarkable as it is rare.”—Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute and professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University

“Powerful. It’s riveting.”—Geraldo Rivera

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