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Questions I Am Asked About the Holocaust

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  563 ratings  ·  111 reviews
‘There are no stupid questions, nor any forbidden ones, but there are some questions that have no answer.’

Hédi Fried was nineteen when the Nazis snatched her family from their home in Eastern Europe and transported them to Auschwitz, where her parents were murdered and she and her sister were forced into hard labour until the end of the war.

Now ninety-four, she has spe
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Scribe US
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Diane S ☔
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
"I have lectured in schools and universities with the strong conviction that the younger generation must keep the memory of the Holocaust alive if we want to ensure that it is never repeated. What has happened once may unfortunately happen again, if not in exactly the same way. To prevent this, it is important to remember; the past leaves its mark on the present and casts it shadow on the future."

Many who survived the camps find it too horrific to speak of again. This author did the opposite as
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Jen
Powerful book. Obviously, non-fiction about the Holocaust is going to be powerful, but this more-so because it is written by a Holocaust survivor. She lectures and writes about what she experienced to educate others, especially youth, so something this horrible will never happen again.

My mere words cannot do justice to this book. I am at a loss for words to express how absolutely VITAL her words are, especially with the world going the way it is. Despite everything she has been through and what
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Elise Ryan
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hedi has compiled some of the most common questions that she has been asked, and composed succinct, elegant, sincere and moving answers to them all as honestly as possible. If you haven't read this book, you need to. As she herself says, their stories must be told and retold and passed on to future generations when survivors like Hedi are no longer around to tell their stories and answer our questions.
Julie Daniels
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very moving and such an important yet quick read. I highly recommend this not only for upcoming Holocaust Remembrance Day but any day. We could all learn so many things from this amazing survivor of one of history's darkest times.
Hayley (meet_me_at_the_library)
4.5 stars rounded up.

Questions I am asked about the Holocaust contains forty-four brief essays in response to the questions that Hédi Fried is most commonly asked at the end of her lectures. What struck me most when reading this book was the candour and grace with which Fried answers the questions. Reliving her past must be terribly difficult and yet she does so in order that the past won’t be forgotten, and to try to prevent such an atrocity from happening again. Fried’s clear, concise answers
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Martha
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slim volume of questions and answers about the Holocaust written by a survivor of Auschwitz. The questions are those most frequently posed by young people after Fried’s school visits, and include aspects of daily life in the camps (food, clothing, hygiene) along with deeper, more profound topics (forgiveness, hate, the future). Especially powerful are Fried’s reminders that the seeds of hate that spawned the Holocaust were not isolated to the time period, but recur throughout history and conti ...more
Yaritza
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A detailed book with answers to questions asked to Hedi, who is a survival of the Holocaust. Hedi is truly a remarkable woman. For many, talking about their survival from the Holocaust is very difficult to share with others or to even think about that terrible experience. Hedi has taken her experience at the labour camps for her to spread awareness to others so that history doesn't repeat it self. She has made many presentations at schools about her survival and how she coped to find her self. T ...more
Tara
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hédi has a way with words. I truly enjoyed her voice. I am glad her answers have been recorded to the questions that were asked. Nothing was truly new, but another testament to the awful truth and the humanity that continued despite the situations she described are powerful and needed today.
Scribe Publications
Timeless lessons taught with simple eloquence.
Kirkus

Hédi Fried is a remarkable woman and her writing offers important insights into truly terrible events and the slow, insidious way in which hatred can be fostered. Questions I Am Asked About the Holocaust is an easy to read account of things that are almost too horrible to comprehend. The essays represent an individual’s reflections on matters that touch the whole of humanity and, as Fried hopes, the lessons she has to teach about the past s
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Marilyn B
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
The question and answer format allows for brief bits of information to be shared while also allowing for the author’s stories and memories to fill out the answer. It’s not for a true history buff but more for someone interested in how a human would react to their experience in the holocaust. The details of the background of war are slight but that’s not what I was looking for. It’s the human interest part of the grim story of the holocaust while still providing details of the Jewish experience - ...more
Angela W
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of true stories about holocaust and I find all of them deeply moving and heartbreaking but also beautiful. This book is different, this book gave me more answers than any of the 400 page true stories. I don't mean it in a bad way towards the other people stories, I just found it easier to understand some of it by simply reading a question and one page answer which pretty much covered more than answering the question itself. My heart goes out to Hedi Fried and all of other victums of ...more
Ruby
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful snapshot into the terrible lives of many who were looked on by those in power as being different and inferior. Hedi Fried wrote with elegance and no prejudice a books that all students should read to understand the importance of acceptance and to not allow for this time in history to be forgotten. The author does not push hate rather strives to ensure that we listen with our brains and our hearts to ensure this heartache never happens again.
Sleepless Dreamer
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come, dang you, Stansted Airport for not having functional wifi.
Nina
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book answers every question you can think of about the Holocaust. The answers are direct and clear. This is a great book for students and adults.
Sarah
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There are no stupid questions, nor any forbidden ones, but there are some questions that have no answer" Hedi Fried.

A must read for future generations.
Neile B
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heidi Fried was 19 when she and her family were forced to board the train headed for Auschwitz. Now, at 94, she recounts the most asked questions she gets during her speaking engagements.
This book is small, only about 142 pages, but so much history and wisdom is found on those pages.
3 comments really stood out to me:
pg 7 Never get used to injustice. An injustice is like a grain of sand in your hand; on its own, its weight may seem insignificant, but injustices have a tendency to multiply, they
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Kristin-Leigh
As a book this isn't particularly satisfying - each chapter is the answer to a question ("What was it like having your period at a camp?" "Do you hate the Germans?") and all are maybe 200-500 words, so it's not anything to immerse oneself in. That said, as more of a coffee table book/bit of light reading it's interesting information.

I'd likely recommend readers look to more cohesive holocaust memoirs, unless some of the specific questions are interesting to them!
Mary Robinson
Hedi Fried, author and psychologist, was 19 when the Nazis came for her family. She survived Auschwitz and several labour camps and has spent her life educating young people about the Holocaust. This is such a wonderful little book and it centers on the questions Hedi, who is now 94, has been asked the most over her years doing student presentations. She writes: “There are no stupid questions, nor any forbidden ones, but there are some questions that have no answer.” Moving and honest and heart- ...more
BrookesEducationLibrary
Honest, detailed answers to a series of questions that evoke powerful memories for the author. Giving some background and context to the questions being asked, the author has used her experience in schools to put together a book that children of today can understand to explore the history of the holocaust.
Margie
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hedi Fried, who survived Auschwitz, answers many questions concerning experiences and how she felt during a very tragic time. It is due on April 2, 2019 and I would recommend it to everyone.
Loren Johnson
A book like this is rare - and I admire the author so much for writing it. Answering questions about the Holocaust can not ever be easy, not when the experience of it is so painful. But I am so grateful to her for doing this, because it provides an insight no amount of researchers ever could - a personal insight. It’s candid, pain-filled and all bearing. A gem that deserves to be beheld for generations to come. I highly recommend it
Erin Britton
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What has happened once may unfortunately happen again, if not in exactly the same way. To prevent this, it is important to remember; the past leaves its mark on the present and casts its shadow over the future.”

Hédi Fried was just nineteen years old when she, her sister and her parents were transported to Auschwitz. After arriving at the camp, the family was split up and Fried never saw her parents again. She and her sister, however, survived the selection process and hence were spared from the
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STEPHEN PLETKO
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A book that reminds us all why we need to heed the lessons of the past

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“I have gathered the most common questions that I am asked in this book, to help those who want to know more about the Holocaust. My hope is that it will be read by and benefit the young people of today and of tomorrow.”

The above quote (in italics) comes from this informative and passionate book by Hedi Fried. She is an author and psychologist. Fried was born in 1924 in Romania, transported to the Auschwitz exter
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Simone
I received a complementary advance copy from Edelweiss+ in return for an honest review!

"One of the lessons from the Holocaust is this: never get used to injustice. An injustice is like a grain of sand in your hand; on its own, its weight may seem insignificant, but injustices have a tendency to multiply, they soon become so heavy that you can no longer bear them" (Hédi Fried)

As someone who was born and raised in Germany and 14 years of those early childhood years behind the Iron Curtain in East
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Julie
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just a small book and a light read about the heaviest of subjects. The author Hedi Fried was just 19 when her and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Left with just her sister, both girls managed to survive, and as she has gotten older she has turned to teaching students about what she went through. This book sets out many of the questions she is asked about her experience and it is pretty harrowing stuff. Especially now, as many of the survivors are now elderly and in a few decades there ...more
Heather
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarything-win
This book is so important because we need to help young adults understand what WWII and the Holocaust was like. If we don't teach them, history can repeat itself. I love that Hedi Fried has gone to schools and help educate our youth. I recommend all schools have their students read this book. I think it would also give hope to our youth that things can change and things can get better. I believe I will be reading some of her other books to better understand what she endured during her youth. Fri ...more
Margi
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a great book for young readers who are just getting interested in the holocaust. Hedi answers many of the FAQs that this audience asked when she gives her talks. The holocaust as a part of our youths education is so important. It carries in the history and makes sure that we never forget. I would definitely suggest this to parents and kids who come into the store looking for beginning books about the holocaust.
Amanda Zirn Hudson
Through questions she has been asked most, "Questions I Am Asked About The Holocaust" is a stoically raw and deeply human account of the author's experiences throughout the Holocaust and surviving Auschwitz. An important, wise, and extremely powerful book.

A powerful and quick read. I would recommend this to young adults and advanced middle grade readers, as well as adults.
Nancy
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked everything about this book. I’ve read several novels about the Holocaust, but this book includes answers to questions and observations by someone who lived through Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. It’s so well organized and well written and easy to read. It also addresses being displaced and a refugee, which is so timely. There’s so much to discuss in this very short book.
Megan Bell
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
In clear, considered, and vivid prose survivor Hédi Fried answers the questions we all have inside us about the horrors of the Holocaust. In this time more than ever, accessible books on this subject are so necessary.
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Hédi Fried (born 15 June 1924 in Sighet) is a Swedish author and psychologist. A Holocaust survivor, she passed through Auschwitz as well as Bergen-Belsen, coming to Sweden in July 1945 with the boat M/S Rönnskär.

She has been awarded the Illis Quorum medal, and was named European of the Year in 1997. She received the Natur & Kulturs Kulturpris, a cultural award for her literary work, in 1998.
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