Never Far Away

Never Far Away

The Auschwitz Chronicles of Anna Heilman

eBook - 2001
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Publisher: Calgary, Alta. : University of Calgary Press, ©2001.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxv, 159 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Sheldon 1954-

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Liber_vermis
Aug 17, 2011

"Now, in the middle of the night, a black banner of smoke bursts into the sky, interrupted from time to time by leaping flames [from the crematoria], the souls of murdered victims. Where did these souls float? Nothing is lost in nature. There, even higher than the chimney, stretched the navy blue sky, studded with stars. What are stars? Maybe those are the flown-away souls. They twinkle at us so pleasantly, so encouragingly, giving us heart and sympathy as if wishing to help. At least something beckons. [p. 97]

Dawn approaches slowly. ... The stars vanish one after another. ...

Just like us, I think, we also wink out one after another. ... Here, too, life burns and goes out and there is a day following night. Is there going to be a day after our night? Are we going to live to see it?" [p. 98]

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Liber_vermis
Jul 16, 2011

After transportation to Auschwitz, Anna Heilman told her sister "Let us die for something, let us die with meaning" which attitude led to her involvement in the armed insurrection in the prison.

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Jul 16, 2011

The author, Anna Heilman, died on May 1, 2011 in Ottawa, age 82. It coincided with the 66th anniversary of her liberation from Auschwitz.

A full page obituary was published in The Globe & Mail on July 16, 2011.

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Aug 17, 2011

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