My Heart Is At Ease

My Heart Is At Ease


By Gerta Solan

“We played a game of nostalgia, recalling memories of the past to forget, for a while, the terrible present.... The siren at 5:00 a.m. woke us to the morning reality of roll call. We each wondered if we were going to be given another day of life.”

What keeps 15-year-old Gerta Solan going in the Auschwitz children’s barracks is dreaming of the normal life that had been torn from her. Deported with her parents from Prague to the Theresienstadt “model camp” in June 1942, Gerta Solan describes the lengths to which the Nazis went to mislead the International Red Cross about their treatment of Jewish prisoners. Then comes Auschwitz, where she has to learn to cope on her own with the corruption, brutality and desperation around her.

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About the Author

Gerta Solan was born in Prague in 1929. After liberation, she made her way back to Prague where she met and married Paul Seidner (Solan). They lived in Prague until the Soviet invasion in 1968. In Canada, she worked for the Red Cross in Toronto, tracing and uniting families after disasters, until her retirement in 1995. Gerta still lives in Toronto.

Product Information

  • Release: October 15, 2014
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 208 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470466

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