Franci's War: The Incredible True Story of One Woman's Survival of the Holocaust

October 30, 2020
Franci's War: The Incredible True Story of One Woman's Survival of the Holocaust

Unpublished for 50 years, this is the extraordinarystory of the girl who survived the holocaust against all of theodds.__'Achingly moving, gives much-needed hope . . . Deservesthe status both as a valuable historical source and as a stand-outmemoir' Daily Express'A story that neads to be heard' 5***** ReaderReview__Entering Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp, Franci wasexpected to die. She refused.In the summer of 1942, twenty-two-year-old Franci Rabinek -designated a Jew by the Nazi racial laws - arrived at Terezin, aconcentration camp and ghetto forty miles north of her home inPrague. It would be the beginning of her three-year journey fromTerezin to the Czech family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, to theslave labour camps in Hamburg, and finally to Bergen Belsen.Franci, a spirited and glamorous young woman, was known amongher fellow inmates as the Prague dress designer. Having endured thetransportation of her parents, she never forgot her mother'sparting words:'Your only duty to us is to stay alive'.During an Auschwitz selection, Franci would spontaneously lie toNazi officer Dr Josef Mengele, and claim to be an electrician.A split-second decision that would go on to endanger - and save- her life.Unpublished for 50 years, Franci's War is anastonishing account of one woman's attempt to survive.Heartbreaking and candid, Franci finds the light in her darkestyears and the horrors she faces instill in her, strength andresilience to survive and to live again. She gives voice to thewomen prisoners in her tight-knit circle of friends. Her testimonysheds new light on the alliances, love affairs, and sexual barterthat took place during the Holocaust, offering a compelling insightinto the resilience and courage of ordinary people in anextraordinary situation.Above all, Franci'sWar asks us to explore what it takes tosurvive, and what it means to truly live.__'A candid account of shocking events. Franci is someonemany women today will be able to identify with' 5*****Reader Review'First-hand accounts of life in Nazi death camps neverlose their terrible power but few are as extraordinary asFranci's War' Mail on Sunday'Fascinating and traumatic. Well worth a read'5***** Reader Review