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Love, Loss and Resistance in a Nazi Concentration Camp


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About the Book

Originally constructed in the 18th century as a military barracks by Austrian Emperor Joseph II, Theresienstadt (now Terezín) was used as a ghetto and concentration camp by the Nazis early in World War II in their ruse of peaceful resettlement of the Jews of Europe. Tens of thousands of inmates perished at the camp and many more were sent from there to die at Auschwitz and Treblinka.
Presented in a two-fold format, this book features the poignant stories of individuals who were transported to Theresienstadt, as related by Holocaust survivor Vera Schiff, whose entire family was sent to the camp in 1942. Following each narrative, Schiff engages in a wide-ranging discussion with ethics professor Jeff McLaughlin regarding the events of the story, within the broader political, religious and cultural context of what is now the Czech Republic.

About the Author(s)

Vera Schiff is a Holocaust survivor, educator and author living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Jeff McLaughlin is an associate professor of philosophy at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Bibliographic Details

Vera Schiff with Jeff McLaughlin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6902-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2802-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Randol Schoenberg 1

Preface by Vera Schiff 5

Introduction by Jeff McLaughlin 9

Maps of Theresienstadt 15

One—Portrait of Lederer 17

Two—Portrait of the Saddest ­Star-crossed Lovers 37

Three—Portrait of Fredy H. 51

Four—Portrait of Milada 72

Five—Portrait of Arthur 102

Six—Portrait of Gonda 123

Seven—Portrait of Hanna P. 137

Eight—Portrait of the Blue ­Polka-dot Dress 175

Afterword by Vera Schiff 195

Appendix: Theresienstadt Timeline 201

Index 207