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Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel
     

Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel

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by Ruth Elias
 

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Triumph of Hope From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel
Now available in English, here is the award-winning and internationally acclaimed testament of a Jewish woman who was taken to Auschwitz while several months pregnant, where she was forced to confront perhaps the most agonizing choice ever imposed upon any woman, upon any human being, so that both she and

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Triumph of Hope From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel
Now available in English, here is the award-winning and internationally acclaimed testament of a Jewish woman who was taken to Auschwitz while several months pregnant, where she was forced to confront perhaps the most agonizing choice ever imposed upon any woman, upon any human being, so that both she and her newborn infant should not die in a Nazi "medical" experiment personally conducted by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. And just as vividly, Ruth Elias recounts the aftermath of her imprisonment, and the difficult path to a new life in a new land: Israel, where new challenges, new obstacles awaited.

"One of the most powerful memoirs provided to us by a survivor." --Indiana Jewish Post and Opinion

"Well-written...not only provides a remarkably honest picture of the unspeakable reality of living in ghettos and slave-labor and death camps, but also what it meant to be Jewish in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s...This is one of the best Holocaust memoirs I have read." --Washington Jewish Week

"The understated tone of this memoir adds to the author's powerful re-creation of her life as a young Czechoslovak Jewish woman during the Holocaust." --Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The understated tone of this memoir adds to the author's powerful re-creation of her life as a young Czechoslovak Jewish woman during the Holocaust. After the 1939 German occupation of her country, Elias, with her father and sister (her parents were divorced), lived undercover in a Czech village until 1942, when they were betrayed and removed to the Theresienstadt ghetto. To avoid deportation to a concentration camp, Elias married her boyfriend, Koni, a member of the Jewish ghetto police. But the two were eventually sent to Auschwitz, where she tried to hide her pregnancy. Horrifyingly, the author describes how camp doctor Joseph Mengele allowed her to give birth, then conducted an experiment to determine how long it would take her newborn son to starve to death. Another prisoner helped Elias inject the baby with morphine on the sixth day. Also detailed is Elias's harsh struggle to survive until the end of the war. She subsequently separated from Koni, remarried and emigrated to Israel. Photos. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Ably translated, this is an extraordinary Holocaust memoir wherein a young Czech woman undergoes a dizzying variety of hellish experiences. Published in association with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, this volume is a clinic on the varieties of torture that one could undergo as a Jew during the Nazi period. Young Ruth was steeled for loss early in life as a child of divorced parents. This girl who enjoyed music and skiing soon found herself in a long line of Jews delivering all valuables (especially money, jewelry, musical instruments, and radios) to the new Gestapo authorities. The family managed to hide out on a farm with gentiles for many months, but their resources ran out and the Gestapo closed in, forcing the family to the camp Theresienstadt, where conditions were occasionally livable thanks to periodic visits by the Red Cross. But inmates suffered all the more when their meager calorie allotment dropped back to starvation level. To her credit, young Ruth volunteered as a nurse, even though her duties required more removal of corpses than relieving anyone's suffering. While bedridden herself with fever, she married her ghetto policeman boyfriend. Elias, soon pregnant, was then transferred to Auschwitz, where pregnancy was a certain death sentence. Her attending physician turned out to be none other than the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele, who spared her life because he wanted to see how long an unfed baby could live. The most pathetic lines in this moving memoir are a soliloquy by this young mother who must kill her newborn for a chance of survival: "My child you can't even whimper anymore." Elias is ultimately tapped for forced labor, allowing her to survive to see the ThirdReich crumble and eventually begin a family in Palestine. Because of the variety of the authorþs experiences and the power of their expression here, if you could only read one Holocaust memoirþthis should be the one. (b&w photos, not seen)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471673095
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
346,219
File size:
4 MB

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RUTH ELIAS lives in Beth Yitzchak, Israel.

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Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an explicit account of what life was like in the ghettos and concentration camps. I could not put this book down when I started reading it. At times it was hard for me to read without crying, especially the part when Ruth had given birth to a child and the cruel actions of Dr. Mengele, also known as Dr. Death. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the Holocaust. Unfortunately, a lot of books like this are sadly out of print but you can still obtain them, it is definitely worth it.