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Magda's Daughter: A Hidden Child's Journey Home

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To survive the long shadow of the Third Reich, many children were placed in hiding, forced to keep their true identities—names, religion, places of birth, even gender—secret. Among these "hidden children" was Evelyne Juliette, born in Paris to privileged Hungarian immigrants of high intellect and great passion. Scarcely a year following her birth, France would fall to the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
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Nancy
Nov 10, 2008 Nancy rated it liked it
Magda’s daughter, Evelyne – or Evi, was born in Paris to Hungarian Jewish immigrant parents in 1939. Her father went underground, never to be heard from again, and her mother managed to send Evi back to Budapest with false papers just before being arrested by the Germans.
For a time, as Hungarian Jews imagined themselves safe under Horthy’s regime, Evi thrived with her cultured aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother. But the war did not leave them alone. Evi’s mother returned four years after b
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Ellen Grodjesk
Aug 04, 2013 Ellen Grodjesk rated it it was amazing
I loved this book- Evi is a wonderful writer- her story is engaging and honest. She gave me a totally new view on the ever-reaching damage the Holocaust caused. Even though Evi was one of the "lucky" ones, she suffered a great loss: the loss of family, home, country and even her personal identity. The constant upheaval of her childhood resulted in her having difficulty in establishing permanent relationships as an adult. She struggled with assimilating and with who she actually was. I read this ...more
Christine
May 19, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
I've met this woman, Evi Blaikie, and I, now that I have finished her book, am completely in awe of her. Her life is so incredible that I have trouble reconciling it with this charming woman. Which I think speaks to how right she is about the disconnect that each successive generation has with the horrors of the Holocaust. And I admire her, and her fellows, for reminding us all.
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Jul 01, 2014 Stephanie Marks rated it really liked it
Although not a survivor of the camps, she writes eloquently of life as a survivor of trying to survive through the horrors of the holocaust.
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