999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz Review

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"A fresh, remarkable story of Auschwitz on the 75th anniversary of its liberation. An uplifting story of the herculean strength of young girls in a staggeringly harrowing situation."
--Kirkus

"Intimate, harrowing... This careful, sympathetic history illuminates an incomprehensible human tragedy."
--Publishers Weekly

On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women--many of them teenagers--were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.

The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish--but also because they were female. Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.

Title:999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

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  • Jane Brewer

    I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway. This is the startling story of the first women to be transported to Auschwitz. I read a lot of Holocaust literature and the story of those who survived (and ev...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Why would anyone want to take away teenage girls?’I did not know what to expect when I read this book. I was unaware that the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz contained 999 young Jewi...

  • Natalyn Houk

    Emotional. That's the one word I would use to describe "999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz". Heather Dune Macadam paints a very realistic picture of...

  • S C Worrall

    It's rare that you can say "untold story" about the Holocaust, but this really is one - the story of the first official transport of Jews to Auschwitz, and the 999 young girls and women who were taken...

  • Rachel

    999 by Heather Dune Macadam is a fabulous book that brings to light the stories of the almost 1,000 women that were taken in the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz on 3/25/42. This compilation...

  • Cath

    I was going to say that this book was amazing. After I typed it, before deleting, I realized that that word didn't even touch what this book is. We pay huge amounts of money to go to theaters and see ...

  • Ionia

    This book is very compelling, though as always with this type of book, at times it can be emotionally challenging. I've read quite a few books about the Holocaust and the various transports to differe...

  • Aletha Pagett

    It's been several days since I finished this book, received from Goodreads. I remember the impact that Macadam's book, Rena's Promise had on me but 999 was even more powerful The Holocaust was about i...

  • Missy

    The tale of nearly 1,000 Jewish women from Slovakia to be shipped to the German death camp at Auschwitz, March 1942. A tale of strength and how these women helped each other survive. The author did a ...

  • Heather

    *Disclaimer: I won this book from a Goodreads first-reads giveawayI will start by saying I have a slight "obsession" with Holocaust -based books. Some may say it is my "favorite" genre. I think it is ...