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The Nine Hundred by Heather Dune Macadam, Caroline Moorehead

The Nine Hundred

The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Heather Dune Macadam, Caroline Moorehead

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781529329315

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.

3 stars out of 5
Leaf Arbuthnot
1 Feb 2020

"This book weaves in the stories of many ... women, drawing upon the testimony of survivors and their descendants, as well as archival material and research."

Macadam also has the tendency to lay it on a bit thick. “This was not a dystopian society created by some novelist,” she writes at one point. “Auschwitz was a real-life Hunger Games.” She is right, of course, but at times the tragedy of the girls’ fates is undermined by the mawkishness of her writing. While the Slovakian girls were enduring hell on earth, their families were wondering what could have happened to them. The book includes very moving postcards sent to the camps from worried relatives, which attest above all to how little was known about what was really going on.