We Sang in Hushed Voices

By Helena Jockel and Dorota Glowacka

The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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Although it seems paradoxical to talk about music and Birkenau in the same breath … together we combined words and voices, our voices hushed so that no one would hear us…. In those moments, we didn’t speak about death and killing….

When the Nazis invade Hungary on March 19, 1944, all elementary school teacher Helena Jockel can think about is how to save “her” children. She accompanies them to Auschwitz-Birkenau only to see them taken to the gas chamber. In her clear-eyed and heartbreaking account of living and surviving in the camp and on a death march, she records both the too-brief moments of beauty and kindness and the unremitting cruelty. After the war, as she renews her passion for teaching under a Communist regime that will not allow her to speak about the Holocaust, Helena refuses to hide the fact that she is Jewish.


Publication Date: March 1, 2014

Reading Age: Adult

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

ISBN: 9781897470435

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