Mort Laitner
Mort Laitner

What They Didn’t Burn: ‘Uncovering My Father’s Holocaust Secret,’ by Mel Laytner

Buy this book.


Because you’ll love it, relate to it, and learn from it.

If you haven’t already figured it out, Mel and I are cousins.

On arrival to the States, both our dads Americanized our names from the Polish spelling of “Lajtner.”

Mel and I are also children with mothers and fathers that survived the Camps.

Mel and I have both written father/son books about our quest to learn what made our dads tick.

Mel and I have also fulfilled our obligation—our duty—to our families, to the six million, and to the Jewish people to tell their stories so that their suffering will never be forgotten and the mass murder of Jews will never happen again and to explain why Israel must always exist.

So, why should you trust me and buy Mel’s book?

Well, have I ever let you down?

Of course not.

So, why do I think you’ll love What They Didn’t Burn?

Because I read it in two sittings.

Because it’s not just another piece of Holocaust literature.

It’s unique gem—a rare Shoah story written by an investigative journalist whose father and mother survived the war.

And not just any journalist but a career reporter with NBC News and United Press International.

A reporter who travels to the scene of the Nazi crimes in Poland and gathers the documentary evidence that mentions his dad’s imprisonment.

A reporter who travels the world, to speak to the witnesses who were in the ghettos, in the concentration camps and on the death marches with his dad.

A reporter who takes the reader along on his journey to learn how and why his father, Josef survived.

A master writer who paints pictures in your head that make you think you’re in the ghetto, in the camp and on the death march standing next to his father.

A writer who paints masterpieces in your mind that cause your lacrimal glands to secret tears and make you realize it’s time to visit the graves of your parents.

Well, have I convinced you to read What They Didn’t Burn: Uncovering my Father’s Holocaust Secrets by Mel Laytner?

If so, I promise you, that you won’t regret it.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. Mort is a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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