Paul Vogel ● Midwest Book Review
Synopsis: “Perilous Escape: My Journey from Nazi Europe to Freedom” is the true and compelling account of Dr. Chaskel Wyszkowski and his courageous escape from Poland in the dark years of World War II.
Separated from his mother and younger brother during the Nazi blitzkrieg of Europe, and the grandson of the illustrious Rebbe of Modzitz in Otwock, Poland, “Perilous Escape” takes us on Chaskel’s journey through Vilna, Japan, Australia, Israel, and eventually to New York City where he was able to settle down and raise a family. His fully engaging narrative is enhanced with the inclusion of over 130 photos, documents and newspaper clippings, each one a testimony to his incredible bravery, love of Israel, deep faith in G-d, love for his family and ultimate success.
Critique: An invaluable addition to the growing library of World War II based Jewish memoirs and biographies, “Perilous Escape: My Journey from Nazi Europe to Freedom” is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community and academic library Holocaust collections and supplemental studies lists.
Editorial Note: Dr. Chaskel Wyszkowski is a retired teacher of Jewish History. He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received a BA at Yeshiva University. Dr. Wyszkowski has a MA and Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Bernard Revel Graduate School and served as Chairman of the Jewish History department at Flatbush Yeshiva from 1970-2002, retiring to Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2009. He also taught at NYU, Brooklyn College and Empire State College. Other publications by the author include A Community in Conflict – American Jewry during the Great European Immigration; The Modzitzer Rebbe; and Mishkan Avraham, a collection of his father’s writings. This autobiography is a legacy for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a testament to the growth and success of post-WWII European Jewry.