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TO HAVE A TOMORROW
A True Story
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TO HAVE A TOMORROW, A TRUE STORY by GENE FISCH.
This book is the story of what my family and I experienced in one of the most terrifying and devastating of times— the period just before and during the cataclysm that was World War II, when my first home, Poland, and her people were caught between the aggression and atrocities of the Nazis in Germany and the cruelty and state-sponsored violence of the Soviet Union’s occupations, deportations, relocations, deaths by starvation, freezing and mass executions, concealed from worldwide media during the first twenty-two months of the Second World War. Most compelling about our survival, was not that a family of six survived intact three brutal occupations, even while one of three Polish citizens were left behind in silent graves, it is how my parents kept us alive during those terrible times—never betraying those values embedded in their souls, their faith, their love of country, love of family, and love of life—at a time in history that witnessed an allout attempt at the destruction of thirty-five million Slavic citizens of eastern Poland. The story follows our lives into the immediate post-war years as displaced persons in Germany and, finally, as refugees in the United States.
to have a tomorrow
A True story
Gene Fisch’s biography/autobiography (this story actually begins before Gene is born) is a riveting tale of his family’s stunning triumph over adversity that leaves the reader breathless. Gene’s preface frames the entire story but the First Chapter draws you in with a remarkable portrait of his first foray into the Mecca of Basketball, New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. As you relish in Gene’s story telling gifts with his game summary, he deftly redirects you like one of his famed no look passes to his anxiety filled arrival at Ellis Island eight years prior – from this point it is very hard to put this book down.
That story begins in the dystopian world of eastern Europe in the late nineteen thirties. Caught between two of the cruelest forces of the Twentieth Century, Poland and her proud citizenry were facing the impossible circumstance of their geographic fate, positioned between Hitler’s Third Reich in Germany and Stalin’s expansionist USSR.
Into the center of this storm, we meet Bronislawa and Andrew Fisch, Gene’s amazing parents. This is where the story begins in earnest and where you will be stunned at learning the daily challenges they faced and how with the profound spiritual guidance of Andrew and the ingenuity, resourcefulness and tenacity of Bronislawa, they managed to keep this family of six together in a way that simply defies belief.
The second half of the book will renew your faith in the power of determined people to survive and then thrive no matter how daunting the circumstances…Gene Fisch has given us a great gift with “To Have Tomorrow” and I know you will appreciate it as well.