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VOTE for 999! A Goodreads Choice for 2020 - History and Biography

999 - The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz brings together stories of girls on the first transport along with historic research that will astound new fans and former fans of Rena's Promise.
999 places the young women of the first transport front and center in Holocaust history and women's history, and I am hugely excited about the reception it is already having—you will meet Edith, who is very much like, Rena (vivacious, generous and compassionate). You can find more on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/999themovie/

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Heather Dune Macadam Wow... That is a great question. I have to say that the answer would have been quite different before I met Edith. Edith was able to answer all of the…moreWow... That is a great question. I have to say that the answer would have been quite different before I met Edith. Edith was able to answer all of the questions that I had, which I only became aware that I needed or should have asked Rena. 999 is actually those answers. What I wish I could share with Rena--though I speak to her in my heard often!--was information I unearthed that would have given her a sense of closure.
1) SS Taube was executed for his crimes; Caroline Moorehead found evidence of that and wrote about it in her book "Train in Winter."
2) SS Juana Borman, the woman with the dog--who I think was the SS who murdered the young girl in that horrible scene in Auschwitz I--was also executed. I suppose I would have like Rena to see the photo of Borman to confirm that she was the one we wrote about, but evidence points to that fact.
3) I found out what actually happened to Mama and Papa. This is not comforting, as they were murdered, but they were not gassed and they were not dragged to death in Tylicz. They were shot with about 200 other Jews and their gentile friends in April 1942, in the Jewish cemetery outside of the Jewish ghetto in Nowy Sacz.
4) I would like her to see the photos of Adela and to know that I know Adela's family and that Rena's memory of Adela is why 999 was written. It all goes back the the beautiful redhead, whom we lost.

And so, in many ways, Rena's prayer as the children went to the gas chamber, asking God to smite just one Nazi, was answered many times over. When I stand outside Block 10 and look up at the still boarded up windows that look out at the execution wall, I often have a sense of a fissure in time. I imagine that Rena is looking out and witnessing Russian POWs being shot, and I send her a message: you are going to survive this thing and you are going to tell the world what you saw, and I am going to help you. It is our covenant.

And this: When I went to Tylicz in 2015, I wanted to find Andrzej's grave. I spent two days and was about to leave when I noticed a graveyard I hadn't seen before. There was about 2-feet of snow. (I posted this on Youtube!) What the short film does not show is what I say in my mind's eye when I found the grave. I saw the shadow of a German guard standing at the gate, and as I pushed the snow away from the headstone, I heard Rena's voice, saying "Thank you, Heather." I have never wept so hard.
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Heather Dune Macadam Hi Jackie! It is so great to see you here on Goodreads and thanks for posting your questions from the Syosset Library Blog, which is a great resource …moreHi Jackie! It is so great to see you here on Goodreads and thanks for posting your questions from the Syosset Library Blog, which is a great resource for readers - no matter you read! I simply love doing events and meeting with readers of my books, even though Zoom keeps us at a distance, we are able to meet with readers all over the world and that is wonderful.

You know writers live fairly solitary lives, so getting to do events and meet our readers is like being let out of a cage. Sometimes I feel like my Dalmatian, I want to jump up and down and wag my tail with joy! (less)
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78th Anniversary of the First Transport

I held a Livestream event on Facebook on 26 March, talking about some of my research and about the anniversary. I also take to task the issue of why the Holocaust Museum (US) and Auschwitz were tweeting about the 999 Ravensbruck prisoners who arrived in Auschwitz but NOT our 999 innocent young Jewish girls. WHY CAN'T THEY GET THIS RIGHT?
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I love that this is a popular highlight! I was so astonished when I read the scientific research on this and thought about all of the times my own mother mysteriously called me when I was in danger, or something horrible had just happened. Her voice, “Are you okay? I was just thinking about you...” is the backdrop to my misspent youth. How many of you have had similar experiences, either as children or as parents? It also makes me wonder about an even bigger mystery of a connection beyond life. In Rena’s Promise, Rena shared instances where she felt her mother’s presence beside her in ...more
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“Bamboo blooms rarely, maybe every sixty to one hundred years, but when the parent plant flowers, its offspring—no matter where in the world they are—also bloom.”
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