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I wish it were fiction : memories, 1939-1945

Author: Elsa Thon
Publisher: Hamilton, Ont. : Mekler & Deahl, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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Memoirs of a Jew, born Balbina Synalewicz in 1923 in Pruszków, near Warsaw. After the Nazi occupation she and her family were confined in the Warsaw ghetto. She and her sister, Regina, joined the Dror resistance group, while her parents escaped to Siedlce. Thon was sent by the movement to train on a farm in Czerniaków (Warsaw) and lost contact with her family, who perished in the Holocaust. Thon was then sent to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Récits personnels
Biographies
Named Person: Elsa Thon; Elsa Thon; Elsa Thon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elsa Thon
ISBN: 1896367143 9781896367149
OCLC Number: 36838437
Description: viii, 152 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Elsa Thon.

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Memoirs of a Jew, born Balbina Synalewicz in 1923 in Pruszków, near Warsaw. After the Nazi occupation she and her family were confined in the Warsaw ghetto. She and her sister, Regina, joined the Dror resistance group, while her parents escaped to Siedlce. Thon was sent by the movement to train on a farm in Czerniaków (Warsaw) and lost contact with her family, who perished in the Holocaust. Thon was then sent to Kraków, where she lived under a false identity; however, a suspicious colleague at work denounced her to the SS. She was arrested and sent to the labor camps of Płaszów, Skarżysko-Kamienna, and Leipzig. When the Russians approached, the Nazis took her on a death march westward, but they abandoned the prisoners after a while. She first returned to Poland but, scared by Polish antisemitism, went back to Germany. In 1955 she emigrated to Argentina.

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