Four Scraps of Bread

Four Scraps of Bread

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ISBN-13: 9780268101237
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 685,211
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


For over twenty years, Magda Hollander-Lafon has shared her experiences with thousands of high-school students. First published in French in 2012 as Quatre petits bouts de pain, Hollander-Lafon’s book has won two prestigious literary awards in France, including the 2012 Panorama-La Procure prize for books on spirituality. It has been translated into six languages and now into English.

Translator's bio:  Anthony T. Fuller has extensive experience translating literature as well as political and current affairs documents. He founded and was the first president from 2005-2012 of the Princeton, New Jersey, chapter of the Alliance Française, an international grouping of French-language educational and cultural institutions.

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"Magda Hollander-Lafon was born in Hungary on June 15, 1927 near the border with Slovakia. Her family was Jewish but not practicing. Nevertheless as a result of the racial laws introduced in Hungary between 1938 and 1941, her father was taken away for forced labor, and eventually Magda herself was denied schooling.

"Together with her mother and sister, she was among the 437,403 Jews deported from Hungary between May and July 1944. After a three-day journey in a crowded cattle wagon she arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was immediately separated from her family. Because she claimed to be eighteen when in fact she was only sixteen, she was considered fit for work and thus avoided being sent straight to her death. Her mother and sister were not so lucky.

"It was in Auschwitz-Birkenau that a dying woman gave Magda four scraps of bread, telling her: 'Take it. You are young, you must live to be a witness to what is happening here. You must tell others so that this never happens again in the world.' " --from the Translator's Preface

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