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On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women - many of them teenagers - were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.

The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish - but also because they were female. Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.

©2019 Heather Dune Macadam (P)2019 Tantor

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I don’t think you can ever fully understood

You can read about the Holocaust, see movies .... but I never fully understood ... I will probably never fully understand but, after this book that I was sucked into ... I think I understand a little better. It’s a book about the first official transports to the concentration camps. It’s a story of a group that did everything they could to survive and some did just that. God bless the men, women and children that were in the camps and their surviving families!

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Understanding transport and lies, Never Forget

Carol Vance Michigan
Ms. Macadam writes about a painful chapter in World history. Single women from Slovakia were offered work, little did they know it was not to be. These young women knew each other in Slovakia and were the 1st Jews to be transported to Auschwitz. The book weaves together their journey and survival of the worst 3 years one can imagine. Yet, there is more than history. Their stories are stories of healing and of hope, of love and courage, of sisterhood.

I recommend reading their stories, not as another holocaust book, but to meet brave women who held onto hope as hard as that is to imagine.

Suzanne Toren narration is excellent.

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Love this book

every emotion in this book, tears every other chapter. 😭
Riveting, focused, spellbinding, Never forgotten

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Life changing

Listening to these stories of the women and their journey has been life changing. It makes a lot of life come into perspective.

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The truth is is bitter, but it must be told and heard.Thus can never happen again. Sadness of all it can.

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Thought provoking & inspirational!

I have had an interests in the holocaust since I was a child with neighbors who were survivors. The details in this book are so captivating! You honestly won’t want to stop listening! The importance of continuing these women’s lives and all of the lives who were impacted by this time period are beyond important. Highly recommend this book!

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Well read and so touching

I have read several books on survivors of the holocaust but this one was different than the rest. I had never heard of any about the very first transport. It’s amazing that these young women were able to endure such awful conditions and survive. This book really opened my eyes to a lot more of what was happening in the camps through the personal stories given here. I hadn’t known of the different jobs available within the camps and how each could affect the girls differently or even their chances for survival. It amazes me that at a certain point, the first women sent to the camps actually became somewhat immune to being gassed. I didn’t think the Nazis even cared for Jews in the least.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read about the holocaust and wants a more in depth read into the very first women who were sent to the concentration camps and how they were sent there and on what premises.

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Incredible account of the horror of these young women. all young people in America should read this. Should be required reading.

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correction

the only thing I didn't like was that she's wasn't correct on Anne Frank because Anne Frank was German she was born in Frankfurt Germany and she said she was a Little Dutch Girl. Anne Frank and Otto Frank were both born in Frankfurt Germany. they only moved to Amsterdam when Otto open test business Jam making

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Informative

This book was informative. I was not familiar with the first transport. It was a new perspective for me and very interesting.

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