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what papa told me

Could you survive 5 years in 8 different labor and concentration camps?
And could remain hopeful for the future? Papa did.

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Papa did.

What Papa Told Me is the story of Felice’s grandfather, Murray Schwartzbaum, whose courage and sheer will to live helped him survive eight different labor and concentration camps in the Holocaust, start a new life in America, and keep a family intact in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide. Endorsed by Elie Wiesel and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, What Papa Told Me is a 2-time Honorable Mention book award winner, has sold tens of thousands of copies around the world, was translated into Polish, and continues to be taught in schools as part of their Holocaust curriculum.

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Also available in Polish in paperback.

praise for what papa told me

"Children and grandchildren of survivors also have their stories to tell. As is this one. All are poignant, just as they all are important to the understanding of the Event and its human implications and consequences.”

—Elie Wiesel

"Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to use this with students is its emphasis on talking to grandparents, listening to their stories, and retelling them."

—Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Jerusalem

So grateful for the over 350 reviews on Amazon. Each one made my grandfather smile. Thank you!


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2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award

2011 New York Book Festival


Murray, 1948

Age 27


Murray, 2012

Age 91

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