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The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon's own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right man?

Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

©2009 Ronald H. Balson (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Brilliant

Loved this book couldn't put it down. Amazingly written and narrated. Thoroughly recommend this book.

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Haunting and beautiful memoir

This story had me from the first line. I knew it would be grim and I shed tears and felt the pain. No-one should forget the holocaust.. it happened and it's horrors must never be discounted. For me there are two main characters in the book who are superbly supported by those closest to them and make it a harsh but beautiful read.. you feel you know them all personally. I grew to love the narrator's voices and this time listening was so much better than reading. Probably the best story of that time I have encountered and very highly recommend.

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  • sunflower
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OUTSTANDING - STORY AND NARRATOR BEYOND EXCELLENT

What did you like most about Once We Were Brothers?

gripping story line, excellently narrated

What other book might you compare Once We Were Brothers to, and why?

that's a no-brainer question; this book is incomparable - without equal

Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no, but certainly intend to now

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely, but for the time factor. listened to it 2x within 10 days, with even increased pleasure!

Any additional comments?

I don't feel I can rate this highly enough. Each time I listened, in the car - driving and just sitting in it (to carry on listening), walking the dog, cooking, getting up etc etc, I thought: this is just superb and Fred Berman's acting/reading mind-blowing. Both Ronald Balson and Fred Berman have created an UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE for me.....