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The Tin Ring: Love and Survival in the Holocaust Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McNidder & Grace (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857160443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857160447
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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Zdenka Fantlová and her story made a lasting impression on me. She survived six concentration camps including Auschwitz, Gross Rosen, Mauthausen and Belsen, endured horrors the like of which most of us can't begin to comprehend, yet never lost the will to live or her optimism for a better future. During her time in the camps she kept a little tin ring, made for her by her boyfriend. She risked her life to keep this humble object that meant so much to her. --Fiona Bruce, BBC's Antiques Roadshow

An Incredible Story. --BBC news

The Tin Ring is unique in many ways. It is an autobiographical narrative of exceptional quality and sensitivity, it relates events and experiences of an extraordinary life full of suffering, passion and resilience, and the author emerges as a most remarkable human being brimming with compassion, curiosity and zest for life. This book, in a most subtle way, is also highly original in its approach and this deserves to be acknowledged, appreciated, welcomed and applauded. It is an extremely rare testimony of defiance against brutalisation and humiliation, it is a humble expression of the power of endurance and love, it is written with sincerity and sensitivity and it is a book that makes us think and question life and human relationships in surprisingly refreshing ways. --Renos K. Papadopoulos, Professor and Director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, University of Essex

About the Author

Now 94, Zdenka Fantlova is one of the few living eye-witnesses to the horror of the Holocaust, to which she lost her entire family. Zdenka is a Holocaust author and survivor who travels around the UK, Europe and US using her experiences to promote tolerance and positive citizenship, especially among the young. She was nominated for The Times/Sternberg Active Life Award in 2011. The Tin Ring is a unique account of how a seventeen-year-old girl survived the horrors of six Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. An incredible story of human endurance and will power. Zdenka still has the tin ring, the symbol of Arno's love, close to her to this day.


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The first surprise about this book is that it is, considering the subject matter, an easy read. That is not to say it is not incredibly moving - it is - just that you can easily become engrossed and pulled along at speed through the story.
In some respects it is the almost matter-of-fact way some events are related that make them even more harrowing; you get a sense of the unreal nature of the lives of those concerned.
In The Tin Ring you see the life of a normal girl transformed into something that just cannot be comprehended, yet throughout the book there is a sense of dignity and strength.
A painful story told with grace and clarity. A really great read.
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This book is simply incredible and (necessarily) goes through such deepening tragedy at a pace that was hard for me to properly process. The moments of humanity shown hold the story together & make it barely comprehensible.

Every nation should be putting this on its mandatory reading list for schoolchildren instead of the crap currently being foisted on them. There are tangible lessons for us all in here.
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There are many survivor accounts, each tells us more and more of the horror but more than that how indomitable the human spirit can be. Zdenka writes of the experiences so well. You cannot read this book without tears. At least her daily live on in her words. It is one of the most harrowing accounts but should be shared.. Thank you Zdenka
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Saw her on tv and book was brilliant
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The Tin Ring is a beautiful, yet harrowing read; but it's a book I guarantee that anyone would struggle to put down, and can be read in one sitting.
The horrific conditions of the death camps of Belsen and their ilk have been numerously accounted for, but the true feeling of lost-love, struggle and hardship--unimaginable to most--has been captured in this truly heart-felt book.
The Tin Ring represents Fantlova's courage and love for two men: both she lost, but, neither ever forgotten. I sincerely hope that she finds her saviour with the publication of this tender and brilliant book.
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I found The Tin Ring, an extremely moving memoir of Zdenka's survival through six extermination camps and horrors most us will never be able to comprehend, to be truly inspiring.

It is the story of how one woman's love for her boyfriend Arno gave her the will and strength to survive the Holocaust. The symbol of her love was an insignificant little tin ring that he made for her. She kept this tin ring with her throughout the camps even though she risked her life by doing so. As she was being driven by ambulance away from the hell that was Bergen Belsen by the British officer who saved her life she still had the fragile tin ring on a piece of string under the sheet in which she had been wrapped. Though Zdenka survived Arno did not. Zdenka still keeps the tin ring close to her every day.
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The Tin Ring keeps you hooked from the start through the perfect pacing and incredible story of human endurance and willpower. It is hard to comprehend how Zdenka and others survived such horrors brought upon them. A moving read and I hope Zdenka finds the British soldier or his family to thank them.
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Zdenka Fantlova's account of her experiences following the German occupation of Czechoslovakia is a harrowing, unforgettable portrayal of the nature of human spirit.
Combining love story, historical account and the horrors of the Holocaust The Tin Ring reads beautifully and addictively. The text is split into many sections, creating a reading experience which can be fitted into anyone's hectic life, yet I managed to read it in a single sitting!
A refreshing tale and reminder of the horrors of this part of human history. Pick it up now.
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