A daughter's gift of love: a Holocaust memoir
Jewish Publication Society, Sep 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
This is the dramatic story of a Holocaust survivor who was literally snatched from the crematorium as the flames reached for her body.
Trudi Birger's story is a story of choices: her choice to stand by her mother in the death camps, refusing opportunities to save herself; her choice not to escape from the cattle car carrying her from the Kovno ghetto to the Stutthof concentration camp on the Baltic; her choice to remain beside her mother to die in the gas chambers, though she had already been spared from selection. Miraculously, she was saved again.
In this poignant, honest, and very human memoir, we retrace events of a privileged childhood that turned into forced labor and physical deprivation in the Kovno ghetto. We follow the precarious day-to-day survival in a death camp to the threat of death in the waning days of war.
This is a memoir that pays tribute to love and devotion, the bond between mother and daughter: the story of a daughter who, by refusing to save herself, saved them both.
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