The Nazis knew my name : a remarkable story of survival and courage in Auschwitz (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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The Nazis knew my name : a remarkable story of survival and courage in Auschwitz

Author: Magda Hellinger; Maya Lee; David Brewster
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Atria books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"In March 1942, at the age of 25, kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger was deported from her hometown in Slovakia along with 998 other young women. They were some of the first Jews to be sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Very few would survive the next three years until liberation. The SS soon discovered that by putting prisoners in day-to-day charge of the accommodation blocks and even the camps at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Personal Narrative
Biography
Autobiographies
Biographies
Personal narratives
Récits personnels
Personal narratives, Slovak
Named Person: Magda Hellinger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Magda Hellinger; Maya Lee; David Brewster
ISBN: 9781982181222 1982181222 9781982181239 1982181230
OCLC Number: 1236259740
Notes: "Originally published in Australia in 2021 by Simon & Schuster (Australia) Pty Limited"--Title page verso
Description: 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Magda's story. Origins ; Deportation ; Auschwitz ; Birkenau ; Blockälteste ; Experimental block 10 ; Back to Birkenau ; Lagerälteste ; SS connections: Irma Grese ; SS connections: Kramer and Mengele ; Béla's story ; Resistance ; Death march ; Malchow ; Liberation --
My mother moves on. How to build a new life ; The legacy of tattoo 2318 --
Epilogue --
Notes on the postwar fates of prominent people in the story.
Other Titles: Remarkable story of survival and courage in Auschwitz
Responsibility: Magda Hellinger and Maya Lee ; with David Brewster.

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"In March 1942, at the age of 25, kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger was deported from her hometown in Slovakia along with 998 other young women. They were some of the first Jews to be sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Very few would survive the next three years until liberation. The SS soon discovered that by putting prisoners in day-to-day charge of the accommodation blocks and even the camps at large--so called Blockälteste and Lagerälteste respectively--they could both reduce the number of guards required to use these "leaders" to deflect attention away from themselves. Magda was one such Jewish prisoner selected for leadership. Like many others during the war she found herself constantly treading a fine line: how to save lives--if only a few at a time--while avoiding being too "soft" and likely sent to the gas chambers. Through her own inner strength and ingenuity, she was able to rise above the horror and cruelty of the camps and build pivotal relationships with the women under her watch, and some of Auschwitz's most notorious Nazi senior officers. Based on Magda's own personal account and completed by her daughter's extensive research, this awe-inspiring story offers us incredible insight into human nature under the pressure to survive, the power of resilience, and the goodness that can shine through even in the most horrific of conditions." --

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