Books: A novel escape

Fergus O’Connell creates a story within a story by two women imprisoned in Theresienstadt.

By YAEL UNTERMAN
March 23, 2017 11:30
4 minute read.
Theresienstadt

Jewish women rescued from Theresienstadt read while resting on their beds in the Hadwigschulhaus in St. Gallen, Switzerland. (photo credit: WALTER SCHEIWILLER/UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM)

 
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