In the spring of 1944, close to 600,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. Most perished in the gas chambers. Some were killed by their Hungarian neighbors, the virulently anti-Semitic Arrow Cross fascists. How did this happen to the fanatically loyal assimilated and acculturated Hungarian Jews? Through the eyes of two Jews, Olgam an assimilated and educated woman, and Marton, an orthodox man from a Hassidic family, we are introduced to the Hungarian Jewish experience. We accompany them on the cattle cars to Auschwitz and witness their near-death experiences. We listen as Olga and the other starving women fantasize about recipes in an attempt to maintain their sanity. And finally, we rejoice with them at their ultimate liberation and return to Hungary. Within two years after liberation, these survivors from the hell of Auschwitz meet, marry and begin a rebirth as they raise a new family to replace the one lost in Auschwitz. Recipes From Auschwitz tells a compelling story of Hungarian history, suffering, rebirth, and romance.
Recipes From Auschwitz: The Survival Stories of Two Hungarian Jews
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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