"Gizelle, Save the Children!"
"Save the children. You are the oldest. Gizelle, you must stay with your sisters. You must save them. Gizelle, save the children!" These were the last words that sixteen-year-old Gizelle Hersh heard from her mother as she and her three younger sisters were separated from their parents at the death camps at Auschwitz. These words-her mother's last will and testament-were the only source of comfort that she had as she undertook to honor her mother's last request.Up until 1944, Hungary's Jews had been spared from the Final Solution. Then, in March 1944, German troops invaded Hungary. The tide of war had turned, but if a Nazi victory was not possible, at least the final stages of the Final Solution-extermination of Europe's Jews-could be efficiently carried out. 800,000 Hungarian Jews now faced death in the crematoriums and gas chambers, and a young and privileged girl was faced with a responsibility beyond human capabilities.Until this time, Gizelle, like her sisters, was enjoying "the good life" in the mountain-rimmed resort town of Bixad. Now, they were plunged into the seething depths of the Holocaust, without home, without parents only the final words of their mother to offer them courage and strength.It was up to Gizelle to take care of her sisters. But how could this untried schoolgirl honor this last request? How could she make sure that she and her sisters stayed together and survived? They knew that each day could be their last, yet somehow-by instinct, by luck, and by sheer will-they did survive.Peggy Mann, author of the critically acclaimed The Last Escape, has fashioned, through her intense collaboration with GizelIe Hersh, a gripping story of four sisters desperately trying to stay together against mind-numbing odds. Many other books have been written about this period, but perhapsno other will involve you so immediately,so tangibly, and so deeply in such anfiercely dramatic personal story.
Specifications of "Gizelle, Save the Children!"
|Author||Gizelle Hersh, Peggy Mann|
|Publisher||Dodd Mead or Everest House|
|Number Of Pages||319|
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