ESCAPE FROM THE GHETTO
A story of importance to Holmfirth and written by John Carr (formerly of Holmfirth), Peter Carr’s older brother…
You may have seen the signs for Henryk’s, Hershman’s and Karbowsi’s in the Box Office Bar. If you’ve ever wondered why, please read “Escape from the Ghetto”!
"Early in 1940, a 13 year-old Jewish boy and his 11 year-old brother began to make their way through the barbed wire that surrounded the ?ód? ghetto on their way to steal food for their family. The younger brother got caught on the wire. The older brother killed the guard who came to shoot him. Thus began and odyssey across Europe, first to the frozen river on the Russian border where Soviet troops rolled hand grenades over the ice, and then hidden in a German troop train to Berlin. From Berlin to Alsace and a beautiful Roma girl also fleeing the Nazis. Across the border to Vichy France concealed in a German jeep and over the Pyrenees only to be arrested by Spanish police. Saved by a British diplomat and finding his way to Gibraltar, Henry Karbowski – soon to be Henry Carr – returned to Germany in the British army.
This extraordinary but true tale of a boy’s escape from the ghetto and the prospect of extermination in a Nazi concentration camp, and of his journey into adulthood as he made his way across Europe is almost unbearably exciting while being at the same time, as all true stories are, complex and bitter-sweet."
Published by Golden Hare Books
By John Carr
Also on sale in the Box Office Bar
Escape From The Ghetto, by John Carr