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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (August 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803268939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803268937
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In March 1944, "Hungary was occupied by the Germans, and a few days later all Jews were ordered to wear the yellow star. In April we were gathered into ghettos, and in May we were transported." And then Hedi Fried and other Jews from the village of Sighet were sent to Auschwitz. After more than 40 years of silence, Fried, with the help of her able translator, Holocaust historian Meyer, tells the harrowing tale of her descent into the Nazi hell of Auschwitz. What begins so episodically, in scene after scene of fondly remembered family customs and adolescent stirrings, evolves into a tale of tragedy and heroism as Fried struggles to save her sister and friends from Auschwitz's ovens. Benefiting from its simple diction and effective use of metaphor, the tale has quiet, but very real power. While there is no lack of emotion, Fried studiously avoids histrionics. The grim facts of Fried's story provide all the moral outrage one needs, as her mother, father, friends and fellow Jews are systematically killed by disease, exhaustion, malnutrition and gassing. But Fried's tale is not solely one of suffering. She is a survivor, and this is a testimony to the ingenuity and luck that contributed to her survival and that of her sister and friends. As Fried reminds us: "We must tell of this inhuman thing that was done in the twentieth century. It must not be forgotten."

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"[Fried's] grim struggle to survive death and labour camps and the start of her brave efforts to create a meaningful life in Sweden are recounted with vivid and deeply moving simplicity." Jewish Chronicle "Loose ends are left loose, there are no glib solutions or explanations. Just an impression of what it must have been like. A convincing impression which we should all experience, lest we forget." Swedish Book Review

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yahaly Gat on May 30, 2000
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A touching account by Swedish psychologist Hedi Fried about her childhood experiences in the Transylvanian town of Sighet and later at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Especially moving is her relationship with her younger sister Livia whom she saves from near death a couple of times. Livia repays her sister by reviving her during the liberation of the camp. Although a gripping story about the nightmares of the Holocaust, Fried has the ability to look at the lighter, funnier sides of the hellish reality. Reaching Sweden, Hedi and Livi have recovered and made Stockholm their home. Fried is now a well-known personality in Sweden, famous for her work with traumatized people such as refugees and Holocaust survivors and their second-generation children. A documentary film "Little Big Sister" was produced following the book with the narration of Swedish actress Bibi Andersson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh on December 10, 2002
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A great book written by a Swedish psycologist(Hedi Fried) about her childhood experience in Sighet. She was in this city for a while until she was sent to Auschwitz. She was there with her sis Livi. This is a touching story for those who survived the Holocaust and even kids and grown-ups today. She reflects on how the camps worked and every where she went. They reach Sweden and Make the city of Stockholm there new home. She was separated from her sis for a while and then reunited. Hedi Fried was lost from her parents then finds out they were gased in the gas chamber. One of the greater stories I've ever read. She tells of the pain and inhumanity of the Nazis and their leader Adolf Hitler. This book leads into Schindler's List a little bit. Hedi Fried did a great job!!!
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A very moving story about the Holocaust experience of Hedi Fried and how she and her younger sister survived Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and a slave labor camp. Both the girls and their parents were from Sighet, Romania. With the arrival of the Nazi's in spring of 1944 they were shipped to a ghetto and from there to Auschwitz. While both the girls survived, their parents did not. Hedi and her sister Livi were among the survivors that were shipped to Sweden to recover from the war. They both stayed in Sweded, married and started new lives. A good book to add to the Holocaust literature.
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By sandy on December 6, 2014
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Very moving.
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