We Sang in Hushed Voices

We Sang in Hushed Voices


By Helena Jockel

When the Nazis invade Hungary on March 19, 1944, elementary school teacher Helena Jockel can only think about how to save “her” children. She accompanies them all the way to Auschwitz—only to see them taken to the gas chamber. Her account of living and surviving in the camp and on the subsequent death march is clear-eyed and poignant, sometimes recording the too-brief moments of beauty and kindness that accompany the unremitting cruelty. Returning to her passion for teaching after the war, she refuses to hide her Jewishness under a Communist regime that will not allow her to talk about the Holocaust.

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About the Author

Helena Jockel (née Kahan) was born in Mukačevo, Czechoslovakia on October 23, 1919. After the war, she returned to Czechoslovakia and in 1948 married her widowed brother-in-law, Emil Jockel. They remained in Czechoslovakia until Helena retired and then moved to Canada in 1988 to join their daughter, Jana. Helena Jockel lives in Halifax.

Product Information

  • Release: March 1, 2014
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 128 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781897470435

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