Franci's War: A Woman's Story of Survival

Franci's War: A Woman's Story of Survival Details

The engrossing memoir of a spirited and glamorous young fashion designer who survived World War ll, with an afterword by her daughter, Helen Epstein.

In the summer of 1942, twenty-two year-old Franci Rabinek--designated a Jew by the Nazi racial laws--arrived at Terezin, a concentration camp and ghetto forty miles north of her home in Prague. It would be the beginning of her three-year journey from Terezin to the Czech family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the slave labor camps in Hamburg, and Bergen Belsen. After liberation by the British in April 1945, she finally returned to Prague.

Franci was known in her group as the Prague dress designer who lied to Dr. Mengele at an Auschwitz selection, saying she was an electrician, an occupation that both endangered and saved her life. In this memoir, she offers her intense, candid, and sometimes funny account of those dark years, with the women prisoners in her tight-knit circle of friends.

Franci's War is the powerful testimony of one incredibly strong young woman who endured the horrors of the Holocaust and survived.

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  • Karren  Sandercock

    Franci's War is a story about a young woman caught up in the horror of WW II, her family was once wealthy, owned their own fashion house, they lived and worked in Prague. After the Nazi's arrive, thin...

  • Michelle

    Franci’s War is the memoir of Franci Rabinek a non-practising Czech Jew and the horrors that she experiences in WW2. Franci, came from a quite well-off family that owned their own Fashion house.This...

  • Bex

    There are many memoirs surrounding the events of WWII, but I'm not sure there are many which tackle it the way Franci's War does. It remains to be a memoir, but the approach is quite different, with a...

  • Katrina

    I won this book through Goodreads giveaways.A very interesting memoir from a group that does not have a lot of personal stories from, Czech Jews who were not practicing. The one thing about this book ...

  • rina dunn

    Franci's War is the memoir of Franci Rabinek a non practicing Czech Jew who grew up in a family quite well off, with her family owning a fashion house in Prague.Franci's journey tells of how her and h...

  • David M

    This review is a little biased, since I'm her son. Did not read this until 30 years after her death. Most of the accounts were told to me at least once during my childhood by her; there were some acco...

  • Betty Hutchinson

    Franci's War is a story of a Holocaust survivor and the struggles one woman and her family suffered through during WWII. This is a story of a woman with immense strength, poise, and determination. Thi...

  • Rosemary

    A must read for understanding the terrors of the Holocaust from a woman's perspective....

  • Amber

    I enjoyed this book! The beginning was slow but she was soo determined and its motivational everything she went through and she still had the perseverance to survive. This is a very powerful story!...

  • Janilyn Kocher

    An incredible read about an extraordinary woman who survived endless nightmares. Epstein's mother wrote her memoir in the 1970s and passed away in 1989. It documents her time in several concentration ...