Escaping Nazi Germany, Surviving Japanese and Soviet Russian Occupations, Fleeing to Australia

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Author Tom Toren says, "Don’t just count blessings, large and small, and don’t take them for granted, but fully appreciate them" in new book.

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I firmly believe the famous saying that ‘all it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing,'. . .

Spending one’s childhood years surrounded by the horrors of Nazi Germany and the Japanese and Soviet Russian occupations would be enough to make anyone cynical. Tom Toren survived all of it, yet he wants to send one message loud and clear in his new book, “Until We Meet Again”: life is full of blessings, big and small.

Toren was the son of a Christian woman married to his Jewish stepfather. His family suffered terribly as a result of Nazi persecution and was forcibly separated and scattered. Toren escaped with his stepfather and grew up under Soviet Russian occupation in Harbin, China, then escaped the Soviet bloc, all before the age of 20. Eight years after marrying the love of his life, Lisa, in Israel, and seven years after becoming a successful qualified engineer, he made his way with his wife and daughter to Australia in 1963.

Now, widowed, he lives in Australia with his daughter and granddaughter, and seeks to share his remarkable story with the world.

“I firmly believe the famous saying that ‘all it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing',” Toren said. “We are all given blessings, big and small. We need to recognize and fully appreciate them, not merely count them.”

Toren’s autobiography doesn’t hide the dark moments of his life story, yet still imparts his attitude that a sense of humor is essential to finding the determination and perseverance to achieve one’s goals.

For anyone seeking an inspiration for optimism, Toren’s “Until We Meet Again” delivers.

Until We Meet Again
By Tom Toren
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Balboa Press.

About the author
Thomas Toren’s young life was shaped by the horrors of the Holocaust. When he was six, the Nazis imprisoned his Christian mother. He would not see her again for 22 years. After the Crystal-Night Pogrom, he and his Jewish stepfather escaped without visas to Japanese-occupied Harbin, China. He is a successful consulting engineer and inventor living in Sydney, Australia, with his daughter Iris, and granddaughter Laura. His daughter, Iris Toren, is an accomplished artist, specialising in portraits; refer to itoren(at)bigpond(dot)net(dot)au.

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