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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannelore Brenner Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781482978971
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From 1942 to 1944, twelve thousand children passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred of them survived the war. In the mid-1990s, German journalist Hannelore Brenner met ten of these child survivors—women in their late seventies today. Weaving these interviews with excerpts from diaries that were kept secretly during the war and samples of the art, music, and poetry created at Theresienstadt, Brenner gives us an unprecedented picture of daily life there, and of the extraordinary strength, sacrifice, and indomitable will that combined to make survival possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This handful of girls wanted their memories of their dead friends and their time in Theresienstadt not to be forgotten. They wanted to make the story of their survival, and the love and friendship that their caretakers showerd them, unforgettable. Together with the author, they have succeeded. In Hannelore Brenner, these women have found someone who listened to them, who read their albums of poetry, their diaries, and their chronicles, and who has written a wonderful book.”

    Prager Zeitung (Prague)

  • “The insights of the survivors and stories of the camp’s victims are unforgettable and full of poignant humanity, conveyed through letters, photos, diaries and remembrances…Well-detailed and inspiring, Brenner’s book, especially her heartfelt epilogue, pays glowing tribute to these heroic survivors.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An inspiring story of courage rendered through impressive personal and historical detail.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This beautiful evocation of heartwarming friendship in the darkest of times is unforgettable.”

    Elie Wiesel

  • “The story of this children’s home in Theresienstadt takes us to the limit of the bearable, to the place where compassion, fear, and the temptation to simply turn away all lie in wait. To resist that temptation—isn’t that what the historical record must achieve?”

    Die Zeit (Hamburg)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 10/4/2013

    " About 1/4 of the way through, I called it quits. I was hoping for a more engaging read, but because the writing style doesn't really allow you to connect with the characters, it felt more to me like I was reading a chapter in a history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine McDonald | 9/30/2013

    " I liked this book as much as one can "like" a book that involves Jewish children living through the holocaust in a concentration camp. It is very realistic and deeply moving as much is written from the girl's diaries including poems and drawings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Kehl | 4/28/2013

    " An objective but not depressing account of the lives of girls ages 12-14 living in a ghetto outside Prague. I liked the use of diaries and letters intermixed with quotes from those living when the book was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/29/2013

    " The story of the girls' reuniting after the war wasn't told in too much detail and I would have liked to read more about that, but otherwise this was a great book about the power of friendship and of art and culture in times of adversity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/4/2012

    " I usually enjoy World War II memoirs, but I couldn't get into this one. Did not finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Polito | 12/16/2011

    " Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt told by the few young Jewish girls who survived the camp in the WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 9/14/2011

    " Since I read "The Lost Wife" I thought this might be interesting... to find out more about Terezin (Theresienstadt). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Bourne | 6/8/2011

    " Wonderful insight into a small group who survived the Holocaust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smudge | 5/13/2011

    " Interesting. I learned a lot about Theresienstadt, which was different from the rest of the 'camps.' It was definitely a 'model' camp and was used for propaganda. It was somewhat difficult to read because it jumped from person to person and I never knew just who was who! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scrumhalf | 4/17/2011

    " I feel a bit guilty saying this book was boring, but this book was BORING!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 10/9/2010

    " I usually enjoy World War II memoirs, but I couldn't get into this one. Did not finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine | 8/19/2010

    " I liked this book as much as one can "like" a book that involves Jewish children living through the holocaust in a concentration camp. It is very realistic and deeply moving as much is written from the girl's diaries including poems and drawings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/6/2009

    "
    Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt told by the few young Jewish girls who survived the camp in the WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 11/25/2009

    " Wonderful insight into a small group who survived the Holocaust. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/5/2009

    " The story of the girls' reuniting after the war wasn't told in too much detail and I would have liked to read more about that, but otherwise this was a great book about the power of friendship and of art and culture in times of adversity.
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About the Author

Hannelore Brenner is a print and broadcast journalist based in Berlin. Her novels include The Girls of Room 28.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.