999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Citadel. Dec. 2019. 400p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780806539362. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780806539386. HIST
When the families of unmarried Jewish women in small towns across what was then Slovakia were notified that their young daughters and sisters were needed for three months of “government work” at an undisclosed site, neither they nor neighbors and friends were overly concerned. They became part of the first convoys to Nazi concentration and death camps, which arrived at Poland in early 1942, and few survived. The inhumane conditions experienced by the first women to arrive at Auschwitz are recounted in this detailed narrative from Macadam (coauthor, Rena’s Promise), whose work is based on personal interviews with survivors and families, along with testimonies and other archival records from around the world. Individual stories of bravery, courage, and terror present a full picture of the horror of the Holocaust as witnessed on a distinctly personal level. Includes a foreword by human rights journalist Caroline Moorehead (Village of Secrets; A Bold and Dangerous Family; A House in the Mountains).
VERDICT Against the backdrop of World War II, this respectful narrative presents a compassionate and meticulous remembrance of the young women profiled throughout. Recommended for all collections.

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