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Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler's Paris (Jan. 2023) - Can't wait for you to meet Annette Zelman whose pursuit of art, culture, and jazz has become part of her defiance against the Nazi occupation of Paris. So has forbidden her romance. When our talented and spirited Jewish teenager falls in love with the dashing Catholic poet, Jean Jausion, they find acceptance only at the famed Café de Flore, whose habitues include: Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso, Django Reinhardt, and other luminaries of the Latin Quarter’s creative world. Their parents are against the match and so are the Nazis.


999 - The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz brings together stories of girl
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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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“personas terminan su vida mucho antes de morir, y sus vidas extendidas solo son una aparición. Tú diste tu último paso hace dos días… y ahora has encontrado la armonía eterna. DOCTORA MANCI SCHWALBOVA, por Alma Rosé, directora de la orquesta femenina de Auschwitz, que falleció el 5 de abril de 1944. A Helena Citron se le apareció su padre en sueños. Le dijo que su hermana Ruzinka se había hecho pasar por gentil, pero la habían encontrado. Al día siguiente, durante el almuerzo, Irena y otras chicas de Humenné miraban por la ventana de los barracones de clasificación y vieron a la hermana de Helena. Era muy raro, porque había llegado el transporte de Hungría. Lo primero que vieron fue el pelo rubio platino de Aviva y después a su madre Ruzinka, que además llevaba a un recién nacido en brazos. «¡Ven! ¡Ven! ¡Helena! —gritaban sus amigas—. Viene Ruzinka.» El sueño se había hecho realidad. Llena de angustia y tristeza, Helena se ocultó tras las montañas de ropa. No quería ver a su hermana antes de que muriera. ¿Para qué? Su mente y su corazón se debatían. ¿Cómo iba a sobrevivir a esto también? «Sabía que había desaparecido mi familia entera: mis tres hermanos, mis padres y mi hermana mayor. Pero ella era la última hermana que me quedaba.» Entonces algo”
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“reconociera. Divididas entre el deseo de ocultarse y el de ver caras familiares, se turnaban para observar el paso de las filas. Pero aquellos encuentros eran difíciles”
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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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