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A Compelling Story to be featured at this year’s American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit

Born into a Jewish family, Dr. Norbert Kerenyi has lived a rather eventful life. He has survived harrowing times through the holocaust and communism and enjoyed happier times under the democratic system of Canada. He preserves these memories as he shares Stories of a Survivor, his book published through Xlibris.

The author’s whole life has been interesting due to the events happening to him and around him. Stories of a Survivor contains a mixture of tales from his childhood to the time of Holocaust and Communism, to stories from Canada in the democratic system to different places where he lived, as well as stories about friends and companions of his life. Dr. Kerenyi has started writing his experiences in the form of short stories after his childhood friend Agnes Heller encouraged him to pen them down, lest they disappear upon his death.

Every story in Stories of a Survivor stands independently and does not follow any time sequence. Through the author’s eyes, readers will come to understand those dark days that he had to survive. Though his time in the Holocaust and Communism were relatively short compared to his life in the democratic system, those days for him were the most significant.

“I am writing these stories with the hope that they will be interesting for others and will contribute to some extent to understand those dark days that I had to survive. We have to bring plenty of quick decisions day by day. The thing that makes the difference is the distinction, what is at stake..In the years of Fascism it was evidently our life. Under the communist dictatorship it was the freedom of our life. And here among the peaceful conditions of Canada it is the quality of our life. “In all of us DOES EXIST the ability to survive. We are almost invincible. We can survive anything, except our death,” shares the author.

Stories of a Survivor will be featured at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit in New Orleans, LA on June 24-27, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
To be born in 1928 in Hungary, was not a good time to come to this world. He was born into a very religious Jewish family. His name at birth was Kohn. His mother insisted, that his first name would be Norbert. Overcoming the resistance of his father, he became the first Norbert Kohn in the world.

His childhood lasted only 4-6 years, then world events overtook his life. When starting elementary school – Hitler was on power. When attending high school – the Second World War has started, leading to the German occupation. His university years coincide with Russian occupation and the worst version of Communism. In 1956 after the fall of the Hungarian Revolution, left for Canada.

Lived in Fredericton, Halifax, and since 1972 in Toronto. As a medical doctor practised and conducted research. Retired as a Professor of the University of Toronto. Married, has a wonderful family, children, grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Stories of a Survivor * by Dr. Norbert Kerenyi
Publication Date: February 24, 2011
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 433 pages; 978-1-4535-9758-3
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 433 pages; 978-1-4535-9759-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-9760-6

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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