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The Daughter of Auschwitz

By: Tova Friedman,Malcolm Brabant
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
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A powerful memoir by one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz, Tova Friedman, following her childhood growing up during the Holocaust and surviving a string of near-death experiences in a Jewish ghetto, a Nazi labor camp, and Auschwitz.

"I am a survivor. That comes with a survivor's obligation to represent one and half million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis. They cannot speak. So I must speak on their behalf."

Tova Friedman was one of the youngest people to emerge from Auschwitz. After surviving the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Central Poland where she lived as a toddler, Tova was four when she and her parents were sent to a Nazi labour camp, and almost six when she and her mother were forced into a packed cattle truck and sent to Auschwitz II, also known as the Birkenau extermination camp, while her father was transported to Dachau.

During six months of incarceration in Birkenau, Tova witnessed atrocities that she could never forget, and experienced numerous escapes from death. She is one of a handful of Jews to have entered a gas chamber and lived to tell the tale.

As Nazi killing squads roamed Birkenau before abandoning the camp in January 1945, Tova and her mother hid among corpses. After being liberated by the Russians they made their way back to their hometown in Poland. Eventually Tova's father tracked them down and the family was reunited.

In The Daughter of Auschwitz, Tova immortalizes what she saw, to keep the story of the Holocaust alive, at a time when it's in danger of fading from memory. She has used those memories that have shaped her life to honour the victims. Written with award-winning former war reporter Malcolm Brabant, this is an extremely important book. Brabant's meticulous research has helped Tova recall her experiences in searing detail. Together they have painstakingly recreated Tova's extraordinary story about the world's worst ever crime. 

©2022 Tova Friedman and Malcolm Brabant (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Inspiring and informative

I will probably listen to this again. I Learned a lot but by the end think I also missed truths shared along the way. The lives surviving this unbelievable horror should be honored as well as those that did not survive. My Christian heart aches for them.

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Compelling history and more

I am grateful for the survivors willing to share their story. Not only was this a story about the atrocities at Auschwitz but also how that life altering experience framed her future. Listen, read, whatever your medium, you need to hear what she has to say.

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Fantastic memoir

It’s rare to read an autobiography of a child survivor of the holocaust . Thank you

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Thank you

I found this book because I follow the author on tiktok. As soon as it was available I had to get it. Her story her life shows us today that what happened then needs to never repeat. However it feels as though it is. So thank you Tova for opening peoples eyes.

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Amazing

This is an amazing account from a woman who was a very young child, who survived Auschwitz and birkenau.

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Must read for everyone

Even if you think you know the story of the holocaust, this is a great autobiography. I have visited several Nazi death camps, but this personal story of survival brings it even more together for me. I hope you will choose this book and encourage your family and friends to do so as well.

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Powerful and beautiful

This was s a triumphant tale of the saving love of parents for a beloved child. One would think the child who survived Auschwitz could not overcome such horror and torture. This is a testimony to the power of of love. I am in awe of this child; now woman.

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Amazing story! Everyone should read Tova’s Story

This is an amazing story of the nightmare of the holocaust and the resilience of those that suffered. Highly recommend!

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Eye opening and Educational!

As the child of a young survivor, I found this to be a well written documentary presented in a manner that every high school student must read. Firsthand accounts combined with historical fact and research. The psychology discussed was exactly as I have experienced with my own family of survivors. I think this could be used for educational purposes and should be required for all primary students.

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Absolutely Enlightening

I have always felt a pull towards learning about WWII and the Holocaust. But this was an incredibly told account and testament to the trials and tribulations of the horror it was. This injects you into Tova’s perspective and it’s vivid and gives you that invaluable insight.

It happened, it was never exaggerated enough, and it’s been neglectfully forgotten by many people in modern generations like mine. There are a small amount of aging survivors keeping it in conscious memory. But we have to learn from what happened and understand the gravity of this piece of history. We have to learn. Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Never forget. Anyway, this was excellent and the narrator did the most amazing job reading this. Saw this on the news and got this immediately. So glad I did!!!