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Triumph of Hope: From Theresienstadt and Auschwitz to Israel [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Elias , Margot Bettauer Dembo
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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 evokes—images 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 Elias’s 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (1 Sep 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8AYFBA
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surviving a hell on earth 30 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Ruth Elias' moving memoir of surviving the Holocaust and then building a new life in Israel is a haunting reminder of how resilient the human spirit is. She survives Theresienstadt and Auschwitz after losing all her family to the Nazis. In her memoir's most unforgettable episode, she delivers a daughter in a dirty, makeshift bed at Auschwitz and becomes a subject in one of Joseph Mengele's most gruesome experiments. Her infant will satisfy Mengele's curiosity about the amount of time a newborn can survive without nourishment. Elias' breasts are bandaged so that she cannot breastfeed and the child she can't bear to name suffers horribly for six days. A fellow prisoner provides a morphine injection to put the baby out of its misery and Elias herself delivers the death dosage. This is powerful narrative from a woman who saw degradation and death and survived thanks to her will and her love of music. It's an interesting addition to the list of Holocaust memoirs and a remind! er that the dream of Eretz Israel helped people like Ruth Elias survive to tell the tale the Nazis wanted no one to hear. I only wish that Elias had added more about her early years in Israel to her narrative, but perhaps she's saving that for a sequel to her memoirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 4 Sep 1999
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Ruth's journey into the world of hell and horror leaves one feeling riveted and emotionally drained. A real "must read"! I had the priviledge of meeting Ruth in Israel last summer and she is a remarkable woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book with a great chance to learn 3 Jun 2001
By Rochelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found this book not only an unbelievable book to read but also a book which I learnt a lot from. As I am learning about the Holocaust in school now, it was good to hear a personal story from the horses mouth(so to speak) of what actually happened. Often when you hear stories they are changed each time they are retold, like the game broken telephone. But when you read a book which was written by the person who was the actual survivor, you know it isn't going to be all distorted and something you can actually learn from. I am still unable to comprehend exactly how it all happened but it did so now we should make sure that the story of the Holocaust is told to the future Jewish and non-Jewish generations to come, to make sure it is never forgotten. Also to make sure Holocaust deniers don't convince people that the Holocaust never happened as they are very persuasive with their stupid lies. Unfortunatley one day we won't have any survivors left and that is why we need to educate the future which is my generation and the generations that follow. So I recommend if you haven't read this book to read it and if you have or once you finish, recommend it to everyone to read. Ruth Elias is not only a fabulous author but a fabulous and heroic person. She is someone we should all look up to.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surviving a hell on earth 30 July 1998
By mhall3@gte.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ruth Elias' moving memoir of surviving the Holocaust and then building a new life in Israel is a haunting reminder of how resilient the human spirit is. She survives Theresienstadt and Auschwitz after losing all her family to the Nazis. In her memoir's most unforgettable episode, she delivers a daughter in a dirty, makeshift bed at Auschwitz and becomes a subject in one of Joseph Mengele's most gruesome experiments. Her infant will satisfy Mengele's curiosity about the amount of time a newborn can survive without nourishment. Elias' breasts are bandaged so that she cannot breastfeed and the child she can't bear to name suffers horribly for six days. A fellow prisoner provides a morphine injection to put the baby out of its misery and Elias herself delivers the death dosage. This is powerful narrative from a woman who saw degradation and death and survived thanks to her will and her love of music. It's an interesting addition to the list of Holocaust memoirs and a remind! er that the dream of Eretz Israel helped people like Ruth Elias survive to tell the tale the Nazis wanted no one to hear. I only wish that Elias had added more about her early years in Israel to her narrative, but perhaps she's saving that for a sequel to her memoirs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 4 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ruth's journey into the world of hell and horror leaves one feeling riveted and emotionally drained. A real "must read"! I had the priviledge of meeting Ruth in Israel last summer and she is a remarkable woman.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that everyone should read. 5 Aug 2004
By K. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I finished reading Triumph of Hope this morning, after starting it two days ago. I simply couldn't put it down. The author, Ruth Elias, is nothing less than extraordinary. The way that she expresses her memories, through her style of writing and description, helps us to get one step closer to understanding an experience, which we can never really comprehend, because we were not there. Mrs Elias's life is remarkable, and through reading her book I thoroughly believe that she is a genuinely lovely, kind and warm person. It is such a tragedy that the Jewish people of her generation went through turmoil and absolute hell. But through this book, Ruth's aims - to spread the message that the discrimination and racism they experienced should never be repeated - are being achieved when a single person reads her book. Her message is being spread over the world, and I am glad that i was able to read Triumph of Hope. I intend to share this book with my family and friends, so that they can read of such an incredible woman, and a generation of people who refused to give in. I sincerely recomend this book to anyone who is thinking of buying this, for themselves or for others.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book by an extraordinary person 15 Jan 2013
By Alter Wiener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reading or seeing a documentary about the horrendous murders of six million Jews and five million other "undesirables" by the Nazis during WWII is shocking -- especially when we remember that all the victims were individuals who had their own unique history, a life of dreams and hopes. Every Holocaust survivor has a unique story to tell. This definitely includes Ruth Elias in her memoir "Triumph of Hope."

The reader gets a glimpse of life in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia where Ruth Elias, the daughter of divorced parents, grew up. Her family, the Huppets, were members of a vibrant Jewish community. Ruth was taken by horse and carriage to the Jewish grammar school. Every day a needy family ate lunch at their home. Anti-Semitism was quite prevalent in Moravia, part of Czechoslovakia, especially among the young ethnic Germans. The Sokol Athletic Association was notorious for its anti-Semitism.

The Germans invaded Moravia in March 1939. Every day new decrees referring to the persecution of Jews were issued. Ruth's father and her only sister Edith were sent to Auschwitz, and perished there. Later on, Ruth was deported to Theresienstadt - a ghetto where about 60,000 Jews were crammed. It was set up by the German occupiers to be "the kingdom of deceit." The Germans were so successful in their propaganda efforts that even the Red Cross came to believe that the place was a decent, and even ideal, place for its "residents." In reality, the conditions were terrible; starvation and diseases flourished, and the inhabitants were merely languishing before being shipped off to Auschwitz for extermination. Out of 15,000 children only 100 -- less than one percent -- survived. Ruth got married there to Koni. Later on while pregnant, Ruth was sent to Auschwitz. Most pregnant women were gassed and cremated upon arrival. Ruth managed for a while to conceal her pregnancy. Eventually a midwife in a dirty makeshift bed cut Ruth's umbilical cord with unsterilized scissors and told Ruth, "You have given birth to a healthy, well developed girl." Ruth's spontaneous response was, "What for? Why?" When infamous Joseph Mengele found out that Ruth was very close to giving birth, he decided to keep her around for sadistic medical experiments. He instructed a nurse to bind Ruth's breasts with bandages so she couldn't nurse the child. For seven days and nights she watched her firstborn disintegrate. The baby's cries became weaker, and then she became too weak even to cry. Ruth murmured to her child, to herself: "In the few days you have been on this earth, you have already had to endure so much torment. You haven't committed any sin, yet you are being punished so severely. Is there anything that I as your mother can do? Do I have the right to even think of ending both our lives? How can you and I live through this?" On the seventh day, Meca Steinberg, a Jewish prisoner, told Ruth: "I have brought you a hypodermic syringe containing morphine. Ruth protested, "I cannot be the murderer of my own child!" To which Meca responded: "Ruth, you are young, you must stay alive, your child will soon die anyway, inject it into your child." Meca risked her life to steal the morphine. She gave it to Ruth, saying, "I, as a doctor, have sworn the Hippocratic Oath and it is my duty to save human life, your life. Ruth, you must save your own life." Ruth injected the morphine into the baby and killed her painlessly. Thus, Mengele turned Ruth into the murderer of her own child.

Ruth survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and other forced-labor camps. Back in Czechoslovakia, not many people could comprehend or show an interest in what she had gone through. The living hell she had survived gained few ears willing to listen to her travails, even in Israel, the country of her coreligionists, the land of her ancestry that she had been yearning for. As a Holocaust survivor myself, I grieve with her and feel her pain; the incomprehensible to many is very comprehensible to me.

"Triumph of Hope" is a remarkable book. It is well-written, not by a professional author, but by an extraordinary person. The book is extensively descriptive and at times haunting as it describes in vivid detail, the many challenges the author had to face during the Holocaust and its aftermath, as she tried to start a new life in Czechoslovakia and eventually in Israel. This book was recommended to me by the author's relative in England. I am indeed grateful to him for recommending it to me, and I am sure that many readers will rave about the book, learn from it, and be appreciative of having all those things that Ruth and so many others, under the Nazi yoke, had been deprived of. This book is inspiring; it is insightful and highly recommendable.
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