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Surviving Larger C - Auschwitz II - Birkenau
Narrated by: Kay Webster
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Rifcha and her family were living normal, happy lives. There was school, work, family dinners, outings and vacations. That was until 1938 when the first bit of turmoil started to hit their village located in the Sub-Carpathian mountains - anti-Semitism started running rampant like a disease. It began taking ahold of everyone around them. Those who were once friends now became vicious enemies. Rifcha began to realize that her world was about to crumble.

On April 18, 1944, Rifcha and her family were ripped from their home and taken by gunpoint to the Mukacheve Ghetto. The conditions were harsh and virulent but the entire family was alive and together. Their stay in Mukacheve Ghetto was brief. One month later they were loaded into cattle cars and taken to Auschwitz II- Birkeneu.

Selections were made as soon as the family was pulled from the train. There were no last hugs. No good-byes. As Rifcha's mother and her youngest siblings were being torn away and taken to their final death march, Rifcha's mother made her promise to take care of her sisters, to survive and to make sure she told the world of the atrocities of the Holocaust. At the gates of Auschwitz, Rifcha decided to become someone new. She gave herself a new name: Edita with the meaning: Spoils of war.

Over a million people, lost their lives in Auschwitz II - Birkenau, mostly in gas chambers; today, it is the world's largest Jewish graveyard. At the height of the selections, the murders would peak at 10,000 a day. This camp was home to Dr. Josef Mengele. This was where he did all of his medical experiments. Edita fell prey to Dr. Mengele several times, even becoming victim to his knife, which ended up saving her life. When selections were being made for the eviction of Auschwitz-Birkenau II, Edita once

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Harrowing but addictive read.

Very incite full. Great read, hard going at parts due to the sad nature but worth continuing. Inspiring.

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  • janet slowe
  • 21-03-19

Gripping survival story

I hesitate to say this book was excellent as it is a true story of surviving the cruelties and torture of the Nazis, but it was presented excellently! I firmly believe the pure evil of the Nazis needs to be told and this book detailed the strength and resilience of so many people. We must never forget that this did happen and could happen again if we are not vigilant! Excellent book!

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  • shelleyberry
  • 19-02-18

Terrible narration

I am very sorry I couldn’t finish this book. The narrator was so grating with a version of eastern Jewish that was b movie cliche it was painful. The story deserved better than this. Shame on the publisher.

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  • HSB
  • 02-11-18

A heartwrenching but necessary read!

If you only ever read 1 book about how the Jews and many others were treated during the Holocaust, read/listen to this book.

Narration was excellent in all respects.

What a strong resolve Edith has.

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  • Jennifer R
  • 14-12-17

Amazing

Must read for any lover of WWII history. Heartbreaking yet somehow an incredible story of strength and Providence.

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  • Lorette
  • 03-08-19

A hard life.

An amazing story of survival. It’s hard to hear about the death of family and friends. A must read on the story of the most infamous death camp ever!

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  • Jason P. Garcia
  • 27-07-19

Wonderful

A truly wonderful survivor account from start to finish. Thank you for your bravery and for sharing your story Edith.

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  • tracey
  • 10-06-19

Great book and great narration.

I love the Narration it made the story come alive. Too bad her mom and younger siblings died.

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  • cpablo
  • 08-06-19

Excellent

Amazing story. The narrator is perfect and very effective in making the reader actually "feel" the suffering and amazing courage and determination of the main character to survive.

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  • Eli Minski
  • 03-06-19

Amazing Story Ruined by Narration

Edita's story is a harrowing tale of Czech/Hungarian Jewry in the late stages of WWII. Her family's strength and survival is a rare light in a rather bleak time in history.

The only issue is the narration which is read in a forced Eastern European accent. Riddled with mispronunciations, the narration is tough to follow and at times cringe-worthy.

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  • nurse
  • 01-05-19

Never forget!

Not easy to listen to because its hard to hear someone suffer and not be able to help....but we must hear it to never let it happen again!!

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