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28 Feb 2013 19:00

Helga's Diary: book lauch by Helga Hošková-Weiss

Writer and painter Helga Hošková Weiss will present the English translation of her extraordinary book titled Helga's Diary: A Rare Account of Surviving the Holocaust published by Penguin. The book bears comparison with that of Anne Frank as a rare first-hand contemporary record by a young woman of the Nazi era. The event is a part of Jewish Book Week.

One year into the Nazi occupation of Prague, 11 year-old Helga Weiss started a diary. Deportations began and friends and family started to disappear. She wrote through three years of incarceration in Terezin until her father was sent to Auschwitz. Helga and her mother followed. Her uncle bricked the notebooks into a wall. Her father died in Auschwitz, but mother and daughter miraculously survived and eventually returned to Prague, where Helga wrote up the missing years aged 15-1/2

Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp
Published in hardback by Viking on 14th February  2013 at 16.99 GBP
Simultaneous eBook and unabridged audio versions also available

Born in 1929, Helga Weiss was one of only 100 children to survive out of 15,000 deported to Auschwitz from Terezin. Married to musician Jiří Hošek, she became an artist, mother of two and grandmother of three. She lives to this day in the Prague flat where she was born.

 

£9.50 online* available here

 

Venue:

Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Date

28 Feb 2013 19:00

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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