*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
WITH A FOREWORD BY SIR BEN KINGSLEY
A powerful memoir by one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman, following her childhood growing up during the Holocaust and surviving a string of near-death experiences in a Jewish ghetto, a Nazi labor camp, and Auschwitz.
"I am a survivor. That comes with a survivor's obligation to represent one and half million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis. They cannot speak. So I must speak on their behalf."
Tova Friedman was one of the youngest people to emerge from Auschwitz. After surviving the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Central Poland where she lived as a toddler, Tova was four when she and her parents were sent to a Nazi labour camp, and almost six when she and her mother were forced into a packed cattle truck and sent to Auschwitz II, also known as the Birkenau extermination camp, while her father was transported to Dachau.
During six months of incarceration in Birkenau, Tova witnessed atrocities that she could never forget, and experienced numerous escapes from death. She is one of a handful of Jews to have entered a gas chamber and lived to tell the tale.
As Nazi killing squads roamed Birkenau before abandoning the camp in January 1945, Tova and her mother hid among corpses. After being liberated by the Russians they made their way back to their hometown in Poland. Eventually Tova's father tracked them down and the family was reunited.
In The Daughter of Auschwitz, Tova immortalizes what she saw, to keep the story of the Holocaust alive, at a time when it's in danger of fading from memory. She has used those memories that have shaped her life to honour the victims. Written with award-winning former war reporter Malcolm Brabant, this is an extremely important book. Brabant's meticulous research has helped Tova recall her experiences in searing detail. Together they have painstakingly recreated Tova's extraordinary story about the world's worst ever crime.
Holocaust survivor Friedman recalls her experiences in Auschwitz-Birkenau as a young child in this heartrending memoir. Born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland, in 1938, Friedman's first memories were of life in the Jewish ghetto. Suffering starvation, disease, and constant violence, she and her parents managed to survive several deportations and mass killings by the Gestapo. In autumn 1943, however, the family was deported to a slave labor camp in central Poland, and then taken in July 1944 to Auschwitz, where Friedman and her mother were separated from her father. "It's estimated that more than 230,000 children entered the Auschwitz complex," she notes. "Almost all of them were murdered in Birkenau within hours of dismounting from the cattle cars.... So why wasn't I?" That question lingers over her harrowing memories of the camp, including the time she and her block mates huddled for hours in the concrete anteroom for one of the gas chambers before being sent back to their barrack. After the war, Tova was reunited with her father, emigrated with her parents to America, married, and began sharing "the lessons of the Holocaust" in Israel and the U.S. Enriched by Friedman's earnest reckonings with her trauma and hard-won sense of optimism, this is a poignant testament to survival and faith.