Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor

Judith Magyar Isaacson, Author, Judith Magyar Isaacson, Illustrator University of Illinois Press $18.95 (171p) ISBN 978-0-252-01651-6
As a teenager in Kaposvar, Hungary, the author dreamed of studying literature at the Sorbonne. At age 19, her reality was forced labor in the notorious camp of Auschwitz. Her memoir of that experience is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, kept alive, as her own was, through humor and creativity. Isaacson tells of evading selection by the feared Dr. Mengele for transport with other young women to the Russian front; of her transfer to Lichentau; and, after the Allied liberation, meeting the American intelligence officer who became her husband. Based on indelible recollections, a return trip to Hungary and research into the Hungarian Holocaust, this is an eloquent picture of a life before and after. The author is retired dean of students at Bates College. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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