Hitler, Stalin & I: An Oral History

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This is a companion piece to the documentary of the same name. It is one long oral interview between Heda Kovaly and Helena Trestikova about her life, not just her life during World War II. We start off with life in Prague in the lead-up to the war, her experiences in the Ghetto, and how she escaped from the death camps and made it back to Prague to help in the liberation. But then it continues with her life during Communism and her forced exile in 1968 after the failed uprising against Communism. If you have seen the award-winning documentary, you will find this book an excellent companion piece. If you have not seen the documentary, you should still find this book fascinating, as it recounts a single person’s struggle to survive among millions. Oral interviews can be a gold mine for historians, and this is no exception. It provides individual experiences that get lost in the grand narratives, and it values the stories that people tell about how they lived through momentous events in their lifetimes. While the book is slim, with a lot of pictures, you will be enthralled that one person could live through so much.

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Author Heda Margolius Kovály • Helena Treštíková, Editor • Ivan Margolius, Translator
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 192 pages
Publisher DoppelHouse Press
Publish Date 2018-Jan-15
ISBN 9780998777009
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Issue September 2018
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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