The completion of this volume would not have been possible without the assistance of many devoted friends. I am extremely fortunate to have had their continuous encouragement and their unwavering faith in my ability to complete this heartrending project. I will always be grateful for their steadfast support.
I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the survivors whose testimonies are included in the book. Many of them have never shared their traumatic experiences, not even with their spouses or children, before they prepared them for this book. I am deeply grateful for their courage to face their tragic experiences, and for their willingness to help me unveil this gruesome and little known chapter of the Holocaust.
My sincerest appreciation goes to all those who have so diligently contributed to the difficult process of bringing to light the first (printed) edition of this self-published book.
For assistance and support in preparing the revised electronic edition, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the following:
To my husband, Bill, for his continuous
support and understanding, when I became
totally immersed in this very exacting and
heartrending work. He has graciously provided
assistance for the printed and electronic
editions with research, proofreading editing,
Dr. Fern Waterman, who organised a support
group and financed professional consultations
to assist in the process of revising the
resources for this updated edition of the book.
To Mr.Sorin Finchelstein, whose enthusiastic
and competent input has significantly raised
the documentary and stylistic level of the
book. His expertise in the area of
military/legal/administrative terminology was
crucial in the accurate and thorough
translation of the Romanian documents into
English. Mr. Finchelstein's meticulous
assistance throughout the process of editing
was invaluable. He dedicates his work on this
book to the memory of his father, Froiche
Finchelstein, a survivor of the Vapniarca camp
To Mr. Florin Neumann, for helping with
important historical information, which he had
To Mr. Kenneth McVay, who graciously donated
his time for a variety of consultations, and
provided his expertise in making this book
available on the internet. This project is
under the auspices of The League for Human
Rights of B'nai Brith Canada.
Without the co-operation of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Centre in Jerusalem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the Holocaust Centre of Toronto this project could not have been brought to light.
Others who have graciously donated time, skills and resources are: Hatem Zarrouk, Ramona Carmelly, Richard Fine, Pnina Zilberman, Bernard (Mel) Katz, Dr. Mark Mandelcorn, Dr. Berenice Secter Mandelcorn, Shlomo David, Eli Spetgang, Bella Azar, and many others.
Without the financial support of my family and friends, the publication of this book would have been considerably delayed. I am deeply thankful to all those who have lent a much needed helping hand.
Dr. Felicia (Steigman) Carmelly
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