Never Far Away

Never Far Away

The Auschwitz Chronicles of Anna Heilman

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From the memories of Anna Heilman, comes a wrenching and raw memoir of a young girl s fight for survival in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Born into the comfort and security of an assimilated Jewish family in prewar Warsaw, Anna s once simple life quickly turned into a life of tragic loss, infinite resilience, and enduring love. Descriptions of Anna s Jewish-Polish life before war along with remembered stories of her sister, who was hanged by the SS for her role in the Gunpowder Plot to destroy Auschwitz crematoriums, and her struggle to go on in the face of ineffable Nazi dehumanization culminate in an unforgettable story of the triumph of the human spirit. With gripping immediacy, "Never Far Away" immortalizes one woman s love for her sister and the painful search for closure to a nightmare that has haunted her for over fifty years."
Publisher: Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2001
ISBN: 9781552380406
1552380408
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 HEI 2001
Characteristics: xxv, 159 p. : ill., map
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Sheldon

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Liber_vermis
Aug 17, 2011

"Now, in the middle of the night, a black banner of smoke bursts into the sky, interrupted from time to time by leaping flames [from the crematoria], the souls of murdered victims. Where did these souls float? Nothing is lost in nature. There, even higher than the chimney, stretched the navy blue sky, studded with stars. What are stars? Maybe those are the flown-away souls. They twinkle at us so pleasantly, so encouragingly, giving us heart and sympathy as if wishing to help. At least something beckons. [p. 97]

Dawn approaches slowly. ... The stars vanish one after another. ...

Just like us, I think, we also wink out one after another. ... Here, too, life burns and goes out and there is a day following night. Is there going to be a day after our night? Are we going to live to see it?" [p. 98]

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Liber_vermis
Jul 16, 2011

After transportation to Auschwitz, Anna Heilman told her sister "Let us die for something, let us die with meaning" which attitude led to her involvement in the armed insurrection in the prison.

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Jul 16, 2011

The author, Anna Heilman, died on May 1, 2011 in Ottawa, age 82. It coincided with the 66th anniversary of her liberation from Auschwitz.

A full page obituary was published in The Globe & Mail on July 16, 2011.

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Aug 17, 2011

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