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Lifesaving Letters (Samuel and Althea Stroum Books)

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On July 18, 1939, six-year-old Milena Roth left her mother, Anna, and her home in Prague and was transported to safety in England. Roth was one of 10,000 children--mostly Jewish--to flee the Holocaust. The letters collected here were written by Roth's mother during the years 1930-42. Some were typed, some handwritten, and several had drawings in the margins. The author writes that her parents were arrested and murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. She offers a family history and describes life in England during World War II, saying that England was the only country to open its doors "just a tiny bit" to allow children to enter, but it did so with a "certain grudging benevolence." These are "lifesaving letters," David Patterson writes in a foreword, because they saved Roth's life by attesting to the dearness of life in simple but powerful ways. These letters give testimony to the dignity and quiet courage of the author's mother and reveal the difficulties faced by the Kindertransport children in an alien world. George Cohen
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"[Lifesaving Letters] is both a moving document from a loving mother who took the painful decision to send away her child, and a fascinating testament by the now elderly Milena, who despite escaping the physical horrors of the Holocaust, was nonetheless a casualty of war. . . . It is difficult to read this account without giving way to tears and, as in Milena Roth's book, the accompanying photographs add an overpowering poignancy, showing, as they do, such happy, optimistic and innocent children."―Jewish Chronicle

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