On Burning Ground

A Son's Memoir

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Recommended by Oprah’s Book Club for reading on the Holocaust.

“I read every word with terror, with pity, with wonder… what a great deed Michael Skakun has performed!…His book is a permanent marker.” – Cynthia Ozick

“A dramatically arresting tale!” – Arthur Miller

“Distinguished both by outstanding writing and a profound sense of moral complexity, this son’s memoir of his father’s incredible survival stands out among Holocaust memoirs.”

Publishers Weekly (lead and starred review)

“On Burning Ground is an extraordinary story… a chronicle of endurance.” – Washington Post Book Review

“A fascinating story that explores the moral quandaries that Jews of the time faced.” – Library Journal

“A unique, stirring, and provocative memoir for its second-generation authorship, its erudition, and its traditional Jewish sensibility.” – Kirkus