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By Magda Hollander-Lafon,Anthony T. Fuller

Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda Hollander-Lafon used to be one of the 437,000 Jews deported from Hungary among could and July 1944. Magda, her mom, and her more youthful sister survived a three-day deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau; there, she was once thought of healthy for paintings and so spared, whereas her mom and sister have been despatched directly to their deaths. Hollander-Lafon recollects an event she had in Birkenau: “A loss of life girl gestured to me: as she opened her hand to bare 4 scraps of moldy bread, she stated to me in a slightly audible voice, ‘Take it. you're younger. you want to dwell to be a witness to what's taking place the following. you need to inform humans in order that this by no means occurs back within the world.’ I took these 4 scraps of bread and ate them in entrance of her. In her glance I learn either kindness and unlock. i used to be very younger and didn't comprehend what this act intended, or the accountability that it represented.” Years later, the reminiscence of that woman’s act got here to the fore, and Magda Hollander-Lafon might be silent now not. In her phrases, she wrote her ebook to not obey the obligation of remembering yet in loyalty to the reminiscence of these men and women who disappeared sooner than her eyes. Her tale isn't an easy memoir or chronology of occasions. in its place, via a chain of brief chapters, she invitations us to mirror on what she has continued. frequently headquartered on one individual or position, the scenes of brutality and horror she describes are intermixed with reflections of a extra meditative forged. 4 Scraps of Bread is either ancient and deeply evocative, melancholic, and every now and then poetic in nature. Following the textual content is a “Historical be aware” with a chronology of the author's existence that enhances her kaleidoscopic sort. After liberation and a interval in transit camps, she arrived in Belgium, the place she remained. finally, she selected to be baptized a Christian and pursued a occupation as a toddler psychologist. the writer documents a trip via severe ache and loss that ended in radiant own progress and a lifetime of that means. As she states: "Today i don't believe like a sufferer of the Holocaust yet a witness reconciled with myself.” Her skill to confront her reports and loose herself from her trauma allowed her to include a lifetime of desire and peace. Her account is, ultimately, an exhortation to us all to find life-giving joy.

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