Light One Candle
A Survivor's Tale from Lithuania to Jerusalem
Forty-seven years after he was found half-dead in the snow, following a death march from Dachau, Solly Ganor again came face to face with his rescuer Clarence Matsumura at a reunion of Holocaust survivors and their American liberators. That meeting proved a catharsis, enabling Ganor to confront for the first time the catalogue of horrors he experienced during the Second World War. Beginning in prewar Lithuania, Light One Candle tells of the ominous changes that took place once Hitler came to power in 1933, of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul who wrote thousands of exit visas for Jews fleeing the Nazi onslaught, of the brutal conditions in the Kaunas ghetto where Ganor spent most of the war, and of Stutthoff and Dachau, the concentration camps he was shuttled to and from in the last, desperate days of the war. Unflinching in its depiction of evil but uplifting in its story of the survival of the human spirit, Light One Candle is a gripping memoir that waited fifty years to be told.
About the Author
SOLLY GANOR was born in Heydekrug, Lithuania, in 1928. After World War II he worked as an interpreter with the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, fought in Israel’s War of Independence, then joined the Merchant Marine. After twelve years at sea, he married his wife, Pola. They now divide their time between La Jolla, California, and Herzelia, Israel.
“It is time now...to tell the tale of Sugihara, the Japanese hero, who stepped across the divide of race and culture to serve fellow humans. In telling of Sugihara’s moral grandeur, Ganor does a service for all of us.” —Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List
“This absorbing memoir, with its records of suffering and catharsis, is a valuable addition to the Holocaust literature.” —Publishers Weekly
“Light One Candle Is an extraordinary memoir, an incredible story of hope and faith in the face of evil.” —Booklist