Rosie was always told her red hair was a curse, but she never believed it. She often dreamed what it would look like under a white veil with the man of her dreams by her side. However, her life takes a harrowing turn in 1944 when she is forced out of her home and sent to the most gruesome of places: Auschwitz.
Upon arrival, Rosie’s head is shaved and along with the loss of her beautiful hair, she loses the life she once cherished. Among the chaos and surrounded by hopelessness, Rosie realizes the only thing the Nazis cannot take away from her is the fierce redhead resilience in her spirit. When all of her friends conclude they are going to heaven from Auschwitz, she remains determined to get home. She summons all of her courage, through death camps and death marches to do just that.
This victorious biography, written by Nechama Birnbaum in honor of her grandmother, is as full of life as it is of death. It is about the intricacies of Jewish culture that still exist today and the tender experiences that are universal to all humanity. It is a story about what happens when we choose hate over love.
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“The Redhead of Auschwitz was a difficult book to write but not so to read. [Birnbaum] captured the experience of her grandmother and drew so close that she was able to write in her voice. The result is a powerful work that traces Rosie’s experience from the lively family life of her youth, to…Auschwitz and the daily struggle for survival…An important story told with grace and love!”
Michael Berenbaum, Professor of Jewish studies at the American Jewish University