Peter Kubicek’s  Memories of Evil, a childhood in the Holocaust

In March 1939 the Nazis marched into the remaining free part of Czechoslovakia absorbing it into the Third Reich. That month in 1939 would destroy the world of a nine year old boy named Peter Kubicek and eradicate a whole way of life in Czechoslovakia forever.

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A young Peter Kubicek with his Grandfather

Peter Kubicek was the only child of a well to do Jewish family in Trencin, a city of 18,000 people where one in nine people were Jewish. Trencin was a large city by Czech standards, and the Kubicek’s were well respected members of the community. Peter enjoyed a fine and educated life. He spoke German, Slovak and English. When the Nazi’s came in 1939, they set up a puppet government and began passing anti-Jewish laws. The Kubicek’s watched as their friends and employees turned on them, stole their possessions and revealed the true nature of people with hatred and power over others.

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Holocaust survivor Peter Kubicek in America in 1946

By 1942, the Nazis were deporting Czechoslovakian Jews to concentration camps for extermination. In 1944, at the age of 14, Peter was sent to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, the first of six horrific camps he would experience during the war. Through the starvation, sickness and unbelievable cruelty of the camps, Peter found the courage, inner strength and ingenuity to survive and live to see a brighter future.

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Peter Kubicek today

Memories of Evil is the story of two worlds: one of privilege and happiness and one of depravity and hatred sprinkled with the many faces of humanity as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy. An expanded edition of his original book, 1000:1 Odds, which was written as a gift for his twin daughters on their 15th birthday, Peter Kubicek expanded his original story in Memories of Evil to give a clearer window into an old pre-war Europe, the dark Europe under Nazi control, and ultimately the author’s rebirth into a new free world in America.

Peter Kubicek’s book can be found on Amazon.

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