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Author: Israel Meir Lau Narrator: Steve Blane Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781596599925
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Israel Meir Lau, one of the youngest survivors of Buchenwald, was just eight years old when the camp was liberated in 1945. Descended from a 1,000-year unbroken chain of rabbis, he grew up to become Chief Rabbi of Israel--and like many of the great rabbis, Lau is a master storyteller. Out of the Depths is his harrowing, miraculous, and inspiring account of life in one of the Nazis' deadliest concentration camps, and how he managed to survive against all possible odds. Lau, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust, also chronicles his life after the war, including his emigration to Mandate Palestine during a period that coincides with the development of the State of Israel. The story continues up through today, with that once-lost boy of eight now a brilliant, charismatic, and world-revered figure who has visited with Popes John Paul and Benedict; the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and countless global leaders including Ronald Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Tony Blair. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Let the reader discover along the intensity of this overwhelming journey that will describe how one can live with the dead or else join the dead. How one can cling, even in the deepest shadows, to the light of faith. How, above all, one can build on ashes. And how a little boy from Piotrków and from Buchenwald succeeded in growing and blossoming under the radiance of the blue sky of the Jewish state.” 

    Elie Wisel 

  • “This is a book on Judaism, its glory and ordeals, depicting a period that could possibly be judged to represent the hardest, bitterest, and darkest in the annals of the Jewish people. This is a book that portrays the persona of the writer alongside the traits of his Jewish people. This is a book whose every word has been inscribed in blood.” 

    Shimon Peres 

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About the Author

Rabbi Israel Meir Lau is one of the world’s most revered and charismatic Jewish leaders. He served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1993 to 2003 and is currently Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. Lau is also the chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial organization to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and was awarded the Israel Prize in 2005.