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