Concentration camp survivor Max Eisen on writing about escaping death during the Holocaust

Max Eisen is a Hungarian Jew who was deported to Auschwitz in the spring of 1944. As an author, public speaker and Holocaust educator, Eisen travels throughout Canada giving talks about his experiences as a concentration camp survivor. In 2019, Eisen’s memoir By Chance Alone is one of the five books featured on CBC’s annual “battle of the books” competition Canada Reads.

In this special Canada Reads 2019 edition of the CBC Books’ video series, he talks about why it’s important to write about a painful past.

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CBC Books’ Why I Write series features Canadian authors speaking on what literature means to them. Shot on location at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre during the 2018 Canadian Writers’ Summit, the series asks authors what motivated them to write their latest work, what themes readers should take away from the work and what excites them about the current national literature scene in general.

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