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Mitka's Secret
A True Story of Child Slavery and Surviving the Holocaust

PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 7/20/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7916-5
Price: $ 19.99
325 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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The remarkable life story of Mitka Kalinski, who survived seven years of enslavement—while still a child—to a Nazi officer during and after World War II 

Mitka Kalinski had never revealed his past to anyone. Not even to his wife or his four children. 

But in 1981, three decades after it had all ended, Mitka finally broke his silence about the horrors he had endured during the Holocaust and in the years immediately afterward: not only German concentration camps and sadistic medical experiments but also seven years of enslavement in the household of a Nazi officer, “Iron” Gustav Dörr. 

Having been orphaned before the war, Mitka did not know his origins or even his name. Torture, slavery, and a false name stripped him of his identity entirely. Thus, when he immigrated to the United States in 1951, Mitka seized the opportunity to bury his past and forge a new life. He lived the American life in all its fullness and moved to Nevada with his beloved wife, Adrienne, and their children. But the secret he carried became an increasingly heavy burden, preventing wholeness and healing. 

This is Mitka’s account of facing the past, confronting his captors, connecting with lost relatives, and finding peace in the rediscovery of his origins. For Mitka, this also meant reclaiming his Jewish heritage—a journey that gave him a new sense of purpose and freedom from the lingering effects of trauma that had filled his life to that point. By the end, Mitka’s Secret is less a story of survival and more one of redemption and transformation—from hidden suffering to abundant joy.

Table of Contents

Part One: Slavery
     1. Kinderheim: Bila Tserkva and Kiev, 1939–1941
     2. Camps: Birkenau, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Pfaffenwald, Autumn 1941–Winter 1942
     3. Iron Gustav: Rotenburg an der Fulda, December 1942
     4. Moly: Rotenburg an der Fulda, 1942–1943
     5. The Voice: Rotenburg an der Fulda, 1944
     6. A White Flag: Rotenburg an der Fulda, Spring 1945
     7. Amis: Rotenburg an der Fulda, 1945–1949
     8. Bad Aibling: Bad Aibling, 1949–1950
     9. Demitro: Bad Aibling, 1950–1951
Part Two: Secrets
     10. America: The Bronx, February 1951–1952
     11. Tim: Baltimore, 1952–1953
     12. Adrienne: North Tonawanda, 1953
     13. Marriage: North Tonawanda and Lockport, 1953–1959
     14. Heading West: Reno and Sparks, 1959–1963
     15. The Sixties: Sparks, 1963–1969
     16. The Seventies: Sparks, 1970–1981
Part Three: Redemption
     17. The Phone Call: Sparks, 1981–1982
     18. Citizenship: Sparks, 1982–1984
     19. Back to Germany: Rotenburg an der Fulda, Early November 1984
     20. Fobianka: Rotenburg an der Fulda, Late November 1984
     21. “My Brother”: Sparks, 1997
     22. Reunion: London, Summer 1997
     23. Bar Mitzvah: Mineola, Long Island, 2001