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Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  576 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
As a young woman, Isabella Leitner was deported from Hungary to Auschwitz; the Nazis murdered her mother and one sister, but by unimaginable fortitude and will to survive she and her three other sisters dodged death. Her recollections make a sparse and searing book, fragments of remembered feelings and occurrences that evoke perhaps better than most works something unfatho ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 1983 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1978)
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Angela M
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like so many others , I've been thinking about Elie Wiesel with the news of his recent death. Thinking about what he endured and how he turned the horrific experience of the concentration camps into a lifetime of standing up for the oppressed by teaching us that we cannot forget . I thought I might reread Night in tribute to him and I know that I will read it again one day. What I decided to do now was to read this memoir that I was fortunate enough to obtain from Open Road Media because we need ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story....
May 28th 1944
Isabel and her mother and sisters, in Hungary, are packing for their big journey, the next day is deportation to Auschwitz by train, just for being Jews.
On the first day in Auschwitz, the sisters are put in the "life" side line, their mother sent to burn..
Another despicable, unimaginable, horrendous account of the life in the camps, the girls were taken to several as they wasted away to nothing This one however has a better ending then most.
We get to see Isabel's life
Originally released in 1978, this memoir is a new Open Road digital production for today's readers. The experience is intense, in the moment, experiential, and the title perfectly expresses the style and content. After that day in May, 1944, Isabella's life became a series of moments, observations, on the road toward hoped for survival, never knowing what the next breath would bring. They were literally fragments of life, as she recalls them later and presents them to a world that sometimes choo ...more
Diane Barnes
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Elie Wiesel's "Night" just a few days ago. Holocaust literature is not enjoyable or easy reading, but I felt it was a book that needed to be read, so I did. Then the library emailed me that this was being held, so I picked it up. I wasn't sure two such intense books within a short time frame was wise, but, after reading a couple of lighter books in between, I glanced through this one today.
Now, just a couple of hours later, I turned the last page. Only 112 pages of raw emotion and painful
The way this holocaust memoir is written is heartbreaking : in fragments and in short sentences.
As if she struggled to revisit the past, her memories of being deported to Auschwitz as a young girl.
A painful memoir of a ruined life.
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

As I start to write this review, the Internet is somewhat imploding because of a comic book. No, the character didn’t come out as guy, and no I don’t really want to talk about because it is dumb. But then you sit and think, and you have to wonder if some people never read books like this one.

Today, you would think everyone knows about the Holocaust and that we pretty much don’t have to educate people about it. And then you get smacked in the face by, to use polite
Petra X
This book, very short, very emotional, begs to be read in one sitting. Its the story of five sisters, a brother, their mother and father during WWII. The father, in the US, desperately seeking visas to bring his family to safety from Hungary receives them too late. The mother and youngest child are immediately murdered by the Nazis in the gas chambers and one sister dies later. But three sisters survive by their wits and one of them relates briefly the horror of that time in this incredibly powe ...more
Toni Osborne
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Memoir of Auschwitz

In her memoir Ms. Leitner uses her writing skills to share with us her wartime experiences when she and her family were taken from their Hungarian home and deported to Auschwitz. The book was first published in 1978 and in 2016 “Open Road Media” provides us with updated digital format version of this deeply moving true account.

This book is slim, the sentences simple and the chapters short but the tone has depth and captures the horror of the Holocaust one page , one sentence
This memoir is short but powerful. Isabella Leitner survives Aushwitz and other concentration camps, along with several of her sisters. Each sister struggles as an individual, but by sticking together they conjure the strength to make it through their ordeal. Each one lives not for themselves, but for the others. It's the ultimate statement of the love of family.

One thing that really resonated with me is Leitner's anger. I think sometimes when a person has been through tragedy, there's too much
preliminary text.-
"You don't die of anything
except death.
Suffering doesn't kill you.
Only death."
p. 16-
"...we are packed into the cattle cars. . . Cars with barred windows, with planks of wood on the bars, so that no air can enter or escape...75 to a doctors... no medication. room to room to air to breathe.This is no way to die. It offends even death. Yet people are dying all around me.

"We squeeze my mother into a sitting position on the backpa
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