I Remember Nothing More: The Warsaw Children's Hospital and the Jewish Resistance

I Remember Nothing More: The Warsaw Children's Hospital and the Jewish Resistance

by Adina Blady Szwajger

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the literature of the Holocaust, this journal is among the most memorable, haunting and elegantly crafted, as, from her hospital bed in today's Warsaw, Szwajger, a pediatrician, a Polish Jew born in 1917, dredges into her memory of the events that followed the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact in 1939. Her portraits of children suffering the brutality of war are particularly wrenching. Szwajger recalls a children's hospital at which she worked as a medical student with a prized ``ticket'' to travel between the Warsaw ghetto and the ``Aryan side.'' We're shown the youngsters, starving, four to a bed; we feel Szwajger's anguish when the hospital is disbanded and she spares her patients their even crueler fate by administering overdoses of morphine to them. She sears us again at a monastery's children's center, describing its violent closure by the Nazis who hung the slaughtered priests on display. With false identity papers, Szwajger, a ``courier girl'' for the Jewish Fighting Organization, journeys throughout Poland carrying money to Jews and finding safe houses for them. Her husband is sent to a camp; she escapes a massacre at a Home Army hideout. Then, telling us about another act of euthanasia she committed, she decries: ``I don't want to write any more. Not a sentence more. About anything.'' But it is enough, for Szwajger's testimony makes its impress as a classic. Photos. (March)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-- For 40 years, Szwajger was haunted by her experiences as a young pediatrician and a courier for the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB) during the German occupation of Poland. This fragmented account of that time is wrenched from the memory of a remarkable woman who is at last compelled to tell her story. In the children's hospital, the author's duties were to care for dying children who had no food, no medicine, and no future. Later, as a member of ZOB, she risked her life traveling back and forth from the ghetto to the ``Aryan side'' to secure papers and money to allow other Jews to escape through the sewers of Warsaw. Szwajger's tortured recollections are filled with the ironic horror that her very training as a doctor and compassion as a human being resulted in the most painful deed of all: mercy killing. I Remember is a unique contribution to Holocaust literature and an important primary source for students.-- Jackie Gropman, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA

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