• The Redhead of Auschwitz

  • A True Story
  • By: Nechama Birnbaum
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rosie was always told her red hair was a curse, but she never believed it. She often dreamed what it would look like under a white veil with the man of her dreams by her side. However, her life takes a harrowing turn in 1944 when she is forced out of her home and sent to the most gruesome of places: Auschwitz.

Upon arrival, Rosie’s head is shaved and along with the loss of her beautiful hair, she loses the life she once cherished. Among the chaos and surrounded by hopelessness, Rosie realizes the only thing the Nazis cannot take away from her is the fierce redhead resilience in her spirit. When all of her friends conclude they are going to heaven from Auschwitz, she remains determined to get home. She summons all of her courage, through death camps and death marches to do just that.

This victorious biography, written by Nechama Birnbaum in honor of her grandmother, is as full of life as it is of death. It is about the intricacies of Jewish culture that still exist today and the tender experiences that are universal to all humanity. It is a story about what happens when we choose hate over love.

©2021 Nechama Birnbaum (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Must Have!

Wow! All I can say is, WOW! What a powerful and sad story. Do not browse past this one.

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Too annoying to read

The voices of the characters of young girls is just appalling. It’s too childish and a waste of time. I quit!

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Wow!

A must read. Another reminder of why we should never try to hide our history.

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It’s so real…

The story is written in pretty basic style, but the message is real!! We learn about her life outside of auchwitz as the weaves in and out of the camp and her home. A very determined young lady. With a goal to unite and learn from the past.

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Wow! A must read 👏

I turned this book on audible to listen while I worked today .
Needless to say I did not turn it off once until the end. It is no doubt inspiring . A must read .

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A Story That Needs To Be Remembered

The Redhead of Auschwitz is well written and the narrator did a wonderful job. It is a true account of a story that needs to be told and remembered.

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A trajic yet captivating story of.love and hate

This is a brilliantly written story. It was captivating from the first chapter. Not an easy read, due to the horror of the story, but important. I highly recommend this book to everyone who values life and freedom and the beauty of diversity.

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the narrator was overdramatic at times. skipped the childhood chapters. however, wonderful message at the end.

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One of the best

I recommend this book to everyone!! One of the best I’ve listened to! The epilogue, of all things, tugged at my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

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Required Reading

A powerful story that should be required reading for everyone. I’m glad I was able to listen to it, as the narration is masterfully done.
Thank you, Rosie, for your incredible life and for having the courage to share it.

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  • 08-29-22

fantastic book thankyou for the invite to read

loved this so so sad and heart rendering to understand the horrors thankyou for sharing your life story

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  • C. J. Salisbury
  • 08-10-22

Harrowing

Well worth reading something that should never be forgotten in history…so very sad this happened and is still happening

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  • 09-06-22

The stories of war (WWII) that everyone must know

Another important story of one family's horror during the hate of Nazism, and one girl's experiences of survival from concentration camps.
I found the overwrought narration terribly off-putting, but persevered to hear the full story.