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Hope Is The Last To Die By Halina Birenbaum Hope Is the Last to Die is the authors account of her expierience growing up in the warsaw ghetto and her eventual deportation to imprisonment in and survival of the Majdanek Auschwitz Ravensbruck and Neustadt-Glewe camps In the beginning of the book Halina lives in a suburb of Warsaw still very young she doesnt understand the intensity of the situations to come In 1940 a tall wall was built to seperate the Jewish Ghetto from the Aryan side of the city Emplayed Jews recieved special work permits which later on became the only way to secure ones lifeThe Ghetto streets were blocked and thousands of Jews in columns were dragged along to the Umschlag the train to the death camps Halina and her family began hiding in attics cellars and their last retreat a bunker Halina her mother and Hileks wife Hela were taken to the womens camp Fighting starvation typhus scurvy dysetnery tuberculosis lice and the horrible labor Halinas mother father and sister-in-law all diedTowards the end of the book Halina is shot for coming to close the the fence seperating the camps and needs to get a bullet taken out of her shoulder During her time in the hospital she meets Abram with whom she falls in love with and during the liquidation of the camp leaves with and she returns to Warsaw On a busy street she reunites with her brother Marek So finally after growing up in such turmoil she leaves a woman but is still burdened with the nigthmares she witnessed at the camps Who should read this book Why I would refer this book to anyone interested in history specifically WWII and the holocaust People who like personal stories would also enjoy this book because it is a real life account with no frills and put simply but with deep emotion attatched Who shouldnt read this book Why
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