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Love Among the Ruins: How I Survived Auschwitz and Dr Mengele

Judith Weinberger

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Memoirs, The Holocaust

Judith Weinberger is one of the last living survivors of Auschwitz of those who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust from the perspective of an adult ( she was a young woman when she entered the camp) : Love Among the Ruins is her story, and may be our last chance to hear first-hand the horror of the Holocaust.

Judith Weinberger was brought up in the 1930s in a comfortable family home by the side of the River Danube. Then, in 1944, everything changed with the coming of the Nazis.

Judith's father told the family, 'Remember this. When the Germans offer you an easy or a difficult choice, always take the difficult one' . They were put on a train whose journey ended at Auschwitz. When they got out an officer told them they could either walk, or take a bus - the easy option - to their huts. Those who took the bus were taken straight to the gas chambers.

Some months later Judith, her mother and her sister were spotted by a young doctor who selected them as patients. He was Dr Mengele - a man whose name still stands out in the annals of those who perpetrated the Nazi atrocities.

Judith Weinberger survived to tell this remarkable tale, and later married a young Scottish soldier who had been evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches and then returned in 1944 to help liberate Europe. This is a wonderful story of courage and survival against seemingly impossible odds.

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