A Name Unbroken

When Germany occupies Hungary in 1944, fifteen-year-old Miklos Friedman must draw on his wits to survive. Recruited into forced labour, sent to a ghetto and, ultimately, to the Nazi camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Mühldorf, Miklos never stops fighting to change his fate. After the war, he risks everything in order to leave his past behind. Decades later, a chance meeting in Toronto leads Miklos, now Michael Mason, to discover the power of his new name.

At a Glance
Czechoslovakia; Hungary
Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp
Forced labour camps
War Orphans Project
Arrived in Canada in 1948
Adjusting to life in Canada

192 pages

Recommended Ages
14+
Language
English

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Photo of Michael Mason

About the author

Michael Mason was born as Miklos Friedman in Beregszász, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine), in 1928. In 1948, to immigrate to Canada, he took on the identity of Miklos Moskovits, later changing his name to Michael Mason in response to antisemitic hiring practices. In Canada, Michael worked in a variety of businesses before becoming a denturist in 1973. Michael Mason lives in Toronto.

I was skin and bones. The person who looked back at me in the mirror was a scared-looking skinny little boy, not the person I thought I was.