In Fragile Moments / The Last Time

In Fragile Moments / The Last Time


By Zsuzsanna Spiro & Eva Shainblum

“Without each other, neither one of us would have survived.”

Born two hundred kilometres away from each other and two years apart, Zsuzsanna Fischer and Eva Steinberger are both thrown into chaos when Germany occupies Hungary and destroys their peaceful childhoods. In the spring of 1944, as Zsuzsanna and Eva are sent into ghettos and then to Auschwitz, they each take refuge in the one constant in their lives - their older sisters. A glimpse into the fierceness of a sister’s love, In Fragile Moments and The Last Time mirror the remarkable differences of similar paths of survival.

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About the Author

Eva Steinberger was born in Nagyvárad, Hungary, in 1927. She immigrated to Canada in 1948, settling in Montreal, where she worked as a bookkeeper. Eva married Max Shainblum in 1959; they have two children. Eva Shainblum lives in Montreal.

Zsuzsanna Fischer was born in Tornyospálca, Hungary, in 1925. After the war, she married Holocaust survivor Joseph Spiro. They lived in Budapest with their two sons until the 1956 Hungarian Uprising—an event that Zsuzsanna documented in a diary—and immigrated to  Canada in 1957. Zsuzsanna Spiro lives in Toronto.

Product Information

  • Release: May 30, 2016
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 168 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781988065038

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