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999 : the extraordinary young women of the first official transport to Auschwitz / Heather Dune Macadam ; [foreword by Caroline Moorehead]

Macadam, Heather Dune, (author.). Moorehead, Caroline, (writer of foreword.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 940.5318 MAC (Text) 33500013184254 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 940.5318 MAC (Text) 33500013237029 New Checked out 10/03/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780806539362
  • ISBN: 0806539364
  • Physical Description: xxv, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-417) and index.
Summary, etc.:
On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women--many of them teenagers--were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive. The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish--but also because they were female. Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.
Author Notes

Heather Dune Macadam&;s first book, co-authored with Rena Kornreich Gelissen, was Rena&;s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz. Rena&;s Promise has been published throughout the world. Director of the Rena&;s Promise Foundation, Macadam also sits on the advisory board of the Cities of Peace Auschwitz and is the producer/director of the documentary film 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz. Her work has been recognized by Yad Vashem in the U.K., the USC Shoah Foundation, the National Museum of Jewish History in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Memorial Museum of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, The Guardian, on NPR, and in other major media outlets. She divides her time between New York and Herefordshire, England. Visit 999thefirstwomeninauschwitz on Facebook, @heatherdune on Twitter, or

Subject: Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Jewish women in the Holocaust.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Personal narratives.

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