Author: Nechama Birnbaum
Published by: Amsterdam Publishers on Nov. 28, 2021
Source: Amsterdam Publishers
Book Rating: 10/10
Rosie was always told her red hair was a curse, but she never believed it. She often dreamed what it would look like under a white veil with the man of her dreams by her side. However, her life takes a harrowing turn in 1944 when she is forced out of her home and sent to the most gruesome of places: Auschwitz.
Upon arrival, Rosie’s head is shaved and along with the loss of her beautiful hair, she loses the life she once cherished. Among the chaos and surrounded by hopelessness, Rosie realizes the only thing the Nazis cannot take away from her is the fierce redhead resilience in her spirit. When all of her friends conclude they are going to heaven from Auschwitz, she remains determined to get home. She summons all of her courage, through death camps and death marches to do just that.
This victorious biography, written by Nechama Birnbaum in honor of her grandmother, is as full of life as it is of death. It is about the intricacies of Jewish culture that still exist today and the tender experiences that are universal to all humanity: family, coming of age, and first love. It is a story that celebrates believing in yourself no matter the odds. This is a story about the little redheaded girl who thought she could, and so she did.
Honest, powerful, and memorable!
The Redhead of Auschwitz is a candid, insightful, moving biography that tells the real-life story of Rosie Greenstein from being a young Jewish girl in Crasna, Romania, a teen who endured horrific persecution, inconceivable loss, and extreme cruelty during WWII, to the unimaginable strength, perseverance, and stubbornness she used to not only endure and survive but go on to be the loving redheaded matriarch of five children, twenty-eight grandchildren, one hundred and twenty great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
The Redhead of Auschwitz is ultimately a heart-wrenching, affecting, personal family tale by Birnbaum that highlights the extreme hardships, suffering, and horrors endured during a heinous time in history when millions of lives were violated and senselessly lost, and reminds us that our greatest power against such evil, truly, is never to forget.
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Thank you to Amsterdam Publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.