Tenuous Threads / One of the Lucky Ones

Tenuous Threads / One of the Lucky Ones


By Judy Abrams & Eva Marx

“I had always liked to play make-believe, but somehow they made me understand that this game was real. I never gave away my secret.”

As Eva Marx writes in her memoir, One of the Lucky Ones, “Almost 1.6 million children were living in Europe at the start of World War II. By the end of the war, less than 500,000 had survived.” She and Judy Abrams, author of Tenuous Threads, were born just six months apart—Judy in Hungary and Eva in Czechoslovakia—two years before World War II began. Their childhoods were irrevocably marked by the Holocaust and their memoirs are evocative accounts of this fragmented and fearful period in their young lives. Separated at times from their parents, the two authors poignantly describe the insecurities they lived with as hidden children and, as adults, explore the role that memory, innocence and, in hindsight, knowledge, has played in their lives.

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About the Author

Judy Abrams, born in Budapest, Hungary on April 28, 1937, immigrated to Montreal in 1949, where she later taught French. She taught at the International School in New York City from 1972 until her retirement in 2002. She has two sons and one grandson and divides her time between Montreal and New York. In 2009, she co-edited Remember Us: A Collection of Memories from the Hungarian Hidden Children of the Holocaust.

Eva Marx was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia on October 21, 1937. Her family left Communist Czechoslovakia in 1949 and also immigrated to Montreal, where she later became an elementary school teacher. Eva has two children and four grandchildren. She and her husband, retired Quebec Superior Court Justice Herbert Marx, live in Montreal.

Product Information

  • Release: August 31, 2011
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 216 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470282

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Since the end of World War II, over 30,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors have immigrated to Canada. Who they are, where they came from, what they experienced and how they built new lives for themselves and their families is an important part of our Canadian heritage. The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs is guided by the conviction that each survivor of the Holocaust has a remarkable story to tell, and that such stories play an important role in education about tolerance and diversity. Millions of individual stories are lost to us forever. By preserving the stories written by survivors and making them widely available to a broad audience, the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs series seeks to sustain the memory of all those who perished at the hands of hatred, abetted by indifference and apathy. The personal accounts of those who survived against all odds are as different as the people who wrote them, but all demonstrate the courage, strength, wit and luck that it took to prevail and survive in such terrible adversity. The memoirs are also moving tributes to people – strangers and friends – who risked their lives to help others, and who, through acts of kindness and decency in the darkest of moments, frequently helped the persecuted maintain faith in humanity and courage to endure. These accounts offer inspiration to all, as does the survivors’ desire to share their experiences so that new generations can learn from them. Recognizing that most survivor memoirs never find a publisher, the Azrieli Foundation established the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program to collect, archive and publish these distinctive records.