Horrific tale of survival

Linda Thompson






Always Remember Your Name: The children of Auschwitz By Andra and Tatiana Bucci, translated by Ann Goldstein, Allen & Unwin, $32.99 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. What happened to the children who ended up in Auschwitz in Word War II? Most died, either on the way there, or in the horrific conditions inside, or when used for experiments. Many youngsters pretended they were 18 as small children were generally murdered as soon as they arrived. Ann Goldstein has taken a book written by two Italian sisters and translated their ghastly story into English. Their mother's family were Russian Jews who fled a pogrom to what is now Croatia. It's extraordinary to think these girls, aged 6 and 4, survived their ordeal and returned to their parents aged only 9 and 7. They had assumed their parents were dead. But when they were reunited there was an unspoken agreement that they would not talk about their experience. The nowadult women are matter-offact about their experiences, but it is their plain speaking that makes their story more horrific. As war rages in Ukraine and we hear the brutal stories happening today, it's clear another generation of European children are being subjected to the vulgarities of war. —