Triumph of Hope From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel
Now available in English, here is the award-winning and internationally acclaimed testament of a Jewish woman who was taken to Auschwitz while several months pregnant, where she was forced to confront perhaps the most agonizing choice ever imposed upon any woman, upon any human being, so that both she and her newborn infant should not die in a Nazi "medical" experiment personally conducted by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. And just as vividly, Ruth Elias recounts the aftermath of her imprisonment, and the difficult path to a new life in a new land: Israel, where new challenges, new obstacles awaited.
"One of the most powerful memoirs provided to us by a survivor." --Indiana Jewish Post and Opinion
"Well-written...not only provides a remarkably honest picture of the unspeakable reality of living in ghettos and slave-labor and death camps, but also what it meant to be Jewish in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s...This is one of the best Holocaust memoirs I have read." --Washington Jewish Week
"The understated tone of this memoir adds to the author's powerful re-creation of her life as a young Czechoslovak Jewish woman during the Holocaust." --Publishers Weekly
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Triumph of Hope "One can scarcely put down this book, and will be pursued by the images it evokesimages of omnipresent death." Neue Zürcher Zeitung Now available for the first time in English, this is the internationally acclaimed memoir of a Jewish woman who was taken to Auschwitz while several months pregnant. There she was forced to confront perhaps the most agonizing choice ever imposed upon any woman, upon any human being
so that both she and her newborn infant should not die in a Nazi "medical" experiment. Ruth Elias, a young Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia, survived three years in the Nazi camps of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. In this haunting testimony, she relives the day–to–day conditions and horrific inhumane treatment of those years. In 1942, Ruth, her sister, and her father were rounded up for "resettlement." In direct and simple language, she evokes the terror of those camps from which no others of her family would emerge alive. She describes in painful detail how, having given birth in Auschwitz, she and her baby became part of a sadistic experiment personally conducted by the infamous SS physician Dr. Josef Mengele. Triumph of Hope also vividly recounts the aftermath of imprisonment, the difficult adjustment to normal life after the war. Ruth Eliass story is a remarkable portrayal of the emotional and psychological state of life in chaotic postwar Europe: from the desperate, futile attempts to track down family and friends; to the unabated hostility of former neighbors; to the chilling indifference of those who knew nothing of the experience of the camps. For Ruth, hope would have to take the difficult path to a new life in a new land: Israel, where new challenges, new obstacles awaited. In her unsparing chronicle of the strength it took to survive the monstrous end of one world and the tumultuous beginnings of a new one, Ruth Elias speaks for the living and the dead with stunning directness and eloquence in a book to be treasured and remembered and shared.