Eva’s eventual journey to Auschwitz and her experience of three selection processes by Mengele make this child’s view of the Holocaust a unique and moving story as well as an important historical record.
When the allies drew ever nearer to the camp, Eva along with her fellow prisoners were hurriedly evacuated by the SS and taken on a 500km march, walking 30-40km a day through Poland in the snow and cold. Her mother died on the march, leaving Eva alone in the world, but miraculously, she managed to escape her captors and was found and hidden by a Czech family until the war ended.
Then follows her rehabilitation through a journey back to her old home in Prague, a meeting with an old friend, travel across postwar Europe and eventual emigration to Israel. This is a survival story with a happy ending.
Escape Story is ideal for work with students and a great addition to the literature of the Holocaust, but provides a different perspective from that of Anne Frank.