As the Lilacs Bloomed

As the Lilacs Bloomed

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By Anna Hegedűs

“The pen is shaking in my paralyzed hand as I write: I AM ALIVE! I am alive and it is May again. The lilacs are in bloom and I smell their sweet fragrance again. There was springtime last year as well, but we had no eyes for beauty. Our lips forgot how to smile, our hearts were shattered! And now I'm alive again!”

It is June 1, 1945, as Anna Hegedűs writes her memoir from her hometown of Szatmár, Hungary. She has survived the ghetto—the prologue to her Greek tragedy; survived Auschwitz—the first act; the horrific Schlesiersee camp—the second act; and a death march—the brutal third and final act. It is there, however, that Anna was separated from her daughter, Agnes, and now, as she writes with her memories so raw, she waits desperately for Agnes’s return.

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About the Author

Anna Molnar Hegedűs was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on August 2, 1897. She married Zoltan Hegedűs in Szatmár (Satu-Mare) on June 14, 1921, and had two children, John and Agnes. Anna Hegedűs immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1949 and to Canada in 1952. She died in 1979.

Product Information

  • Release: October 15, 2014
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 240 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470480

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