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The untold story of the 999 young, unmarried Jewish women who were tricked into boarding a train in Poprad, Slovakia, on March 25, 1942 that became the first official transport to Auschwitz.

On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women - many of them teenagers - were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reichsmarks (about £160) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labour. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.

The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish but also because they were female. Now, acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.

With an introduction from the author and a final note written and read by Edith Friedman Grosman.

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©2020 Heather Dune Macadam (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Must Read/listen with great narration

So glad I bought this book on Audible, it made me realise things I had not previously thought about and see history from the female perspective. I listened with my breath held at times or with tears on my eyes. I also recommend visiting Auschwitz, nothing brings the holocaust to life more than standing at this murder factory where so many poor, innocent souls had their life taken in such a cruel and barbaric way.

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An amazing true story ....

Very moving, very well researched and with excellent narration. I still don’t know they survived. I will never understand the mind set of the German guards, especially the Doctors. A total absence of humanity.

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harrowing

every one should read this book. harrowing because it is true.not only it shows how cruel people can be but also what people can survive and still remain human.

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Heartbreaking but hopefull

This book touches your heart . It was heartbreaking but at the same time shows the courage of these girls not only through war but after as they rebuilt their lives. The only down side I would say is the narrator pulling you into a story then announcing the next chapter so upbeat. I would recommend this book to everyone

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Fantastic listen

A wonderful and heart breaking story extremely well narrated. Everyone should listen to or read this book.

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informative and harrowing

No one or two words can describe this book, because it is informative, Halloween, moving, heartbreaking and even exciting when good things happened and to the girls while in the camp and after the war. The narrator was excellent

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The lost women

What an informative, heart warming but thought provoking story. I have read quite a few books on the holocaust and never knew how these young girls were lulled into thinking they were going to work for the government. What them and their families went through is beyond comprehension and understanding. It is really important their history is told over and over and this book is testament to their experiences.

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what a book

I have read and listened to many survivors stories but this book is extraordinary. eventhough I've heard the last words a moment ago I'm still in tears. how strong some of these women were and how much they've suffered even after surviving hell is beyond everything. well written well performed ..... I highly recommend this book.