Ave Maria in Auschwitz: The True Story of a Jewish Girl from Poland

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DeForest Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 162 pages
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Felicia Weingarten has saved poetic expressions of her life for us in this collection of short stories from WWII Poland and her experiences of surviving the Lodz ghetto and four concentration camps during the Holocaust. The stories are powerful not so much in how they speak to our minds but how they tear into our hearts. We are drawn into Felicia's life vicariously at first, as though a stranger watching from the sidelines. But as each story unfolds, oftentimes with a twist at the end, we are suddenly faced with our own humanity, our own survival, our own actions and our own conscience as human beings. We are led into the darkness holding hands with an innocent, yet hopeful and courageous teenager; we emerge as reflective, perhaps even changed people, because of our human experience shared with Felicia. These are stories that transcend time and place and challenge us to be people of integrity, hope and commitment.
 

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Contents

Foreword
11
Auschwitz Poland
14
Summer in Teodory
25
The Nightmare Begins
39
The Final Liquidation
53
The Selection
61
Food of Gods
75
Where to go?
90
Journey to Lodz
103
PART
117
Auschwitz Poland
135
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Felicia Weingarten has been a consultant for the University of Minnesota and has served as a resource person for interviews and panel discussions on television and radio, as well as in papers and books, on topics dealing with the historical, psychological and political factors of the Holocaust. She has spoken extensively on these topics for over thirty years to high school and college audiences. Felicia currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, Leon, who is also an Auschwitz survivor.

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