A compelling account of the true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp. This was a prison for "illegal" immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa.
The story is told through the eyes of four teenage women at the camp who survived the Holocaust. Tedi Pastore has been in Atlit for two weeks and was a hidden Dutch Jew. Zorah Weitz was an angry little Polish girl and a concentration camp survivor. Shayndel is a Polish Zionist and Leonie is a Parisian beauty. The girls are haunted by unspeakable memories and lossses and are afraid to hope, but the four of them find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.
There were a large number of immensely strong women from this time period. As they each went through their experiences, I'm sure they didn't feel strong themselves at the time, but these women and many more like them are true survivors and my hat goes off to them! An excellent read.
June 28, 2011