Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her fifteenth birthday and sent to Auschwitz. Her survival depended on endless strokes of luck, her own determination and the love and protection of her mother Fritzi, who was deported with her.
When Auschwitz was liberated, Eva and Fritzi began the long journey home. They searched desperately for Eva's father and brother, from whom they had been separated. The news came some months later. Tragically, both men had been killed.
Before the war, in Amsterdam, Eva had become friendly with a young girl called Anne Frank. Though their fates were very different, Eva's life was set to be entwined with her friend's for ever more, after her mother Fritzi married Anne's father Otto Frank in 1953.
This is a searingly honest account of how an ordinary person survived the Holocaust. Eva's memories and descriptions are heartbreakingly clear, her account brings the horror as close as it can possibly be.
But this is also an exploration of what happened next, of Eva's struggle to live with herself after the war and to continue the work of her step-father Otto, ensuring that the legacy of Anne Frank is never forgotten.
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Having read many survivor stories this is different and a valuable read. With linkages to Anne Franks family, majority Otto, it provides a real honest account of life after the camps and just how long that torture continued after liberation - highly recommended.
One of the best books I've read!
I couldn't put this book down!! Eva's story is so compelling, the book flows wonderfully. It is nice to hear a full story of what normalcy was like for a Jewish family in Vienna, how they attempted to flee and hide from the Nazis and then how they survived the horrors of concentration camps and went on to build new lives. Can't recommend this book enough!!