In a heartwarming scene in the film "Schinler's List," viewers the world over witnessed the miracle of two Jews being married clandestinely in the Plaszow concentration camp. A silver spoon, concealed in the barracks rafters, yielded the rings they exchanged. A camp bunk became their wedding bed. Those two were Joseph and Rebecca Bau. Rebecca was the manicurist of Amon Goeth, the sadistic commandant. Joseph was a brilliant graphic artist employed as a draftsman in making signs and maps.
Available for the first time in English, "Dear God, Have You Ever Gone Hungry?" is Joseph Bau's reckoning of a time of horror but also of beauty and wonder. Whether recounting the bombing of Krakow, the daring exploits oh his brother in the ghetto, the brutality of the camp, love at first sight, or the unrelenting hunger, the author writes with warmth and directness.
"Dear God, Have You Ever Gone Hungry?" contains more than sixty illustrations by the artist, including his maps of the Plaszow concentration camp (drafted while he was an inmate), and a portrait of Oskar Schindler. A reproduction of his mother Tzilah Bau's identity card (Kennkarte) can be found on the front endpaper.