Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-6

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

We take pleasure in acknowledging the help of friends and family members. Our daughter/sister Irith Barr played an indispensable role in the making of this book. Irith discovered that Roma had written a short journal entry about her past and encouraged her to continue. ...

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Prologue: Whose Voice and Whose Memory?

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pp. 1-14

This account is the collaborative work of a Holocaust survivor and her historian son. It recalls my mother’s adolescence during World War II. On some basic level we have written a Holocaust memoir—a testimony of the sufferings and tortures inflicted by the Germans on European Jewry ...

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What Time and Sadness is Spared?

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pp. 15-182

My life did not begin in the ghetto, Majdanek, or Auschwitz. I had a normal childhood in an upper-middle-class family. I was born and raised in Warsaw, a city of over a million people whose 380,000 Jews made up a third of the residents. My immediate surroundings were exclusively Jewish, even though we did not reside in the traditionally Jewish part of the city. ...

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Epilogue: Back in the Cursed Places

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pp. 183-196

The radio reporter Yehudit Hendel was one of the first prominent Israeli figures to visit Poland in the mid-1980s, following the loosening of the Communist grip on Eastern Europe. Her impressions were broadcast in five moving segments on Israeli radio early in 1987. ...