The Nazis Knew My Name

The Nazis Knew My Name A Remarkable Story of Survival and Courage in Auschwitz

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Publisher's Synopsis

'This thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone interested in the Holocaust' - Ariana Neumann​

The extraordinarily moving memoir by Australian Slovakian Holocaust survivor Magda Hellinger, who saved an untold number of lives at Auschwitz through everyday acts of courage, kindness and ingenuity.

In the camps during the Second World War, prisoner Magda Hellinger Blau was selected by the SS as a Jewish prison leader and she eventually rises to the senior position of Lagerälteste (Camp Elder). Madga used her proximity to her fellow prisoners and the SS to engage in numerous acts of kindness, bravery and compassion to keep the prisoners alive in frightening and uncertain circumstances. Now, her daughter Maya Lee tells the definitive story of her mother, a woman who showed great bravery and compassion when stuck between worlds of authority and imprisonment.

Using her mother's short memoir as a starting point, this book is Maya Lee's deep-dive into her mother's life and the power of kindness in the face of adversity, as she connects with fellow Auschwitz survivors and forms new friendships throughout her journey. The Nazis Knew My Name is a poignant and personal exploration of the prisoners in the Holocaust camps and the need to still tell these stories almost 70 years on.

Book information

ISBN: 9781398506299
Publisher: Gallery UK
Imprint: Gallery UK
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.5318092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvi, 281 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 242g
Height: 130mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 32mm