“No one survived 3 years in Auschwitz.” German reparation rep
The untold story of the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz and 999 young Jewish women sent to Auschwitz as slave labor to the Nazis. The camp was empty when they arrived. Unearthing the political intrigue and treachery that sent their mothers to Auschwitz, three families return to their homeland to discover the truth behind the First Women in Auschwitz and meet one of the last living survivors of the First Transport.
On March 26, 1942, a train took 999 unmarried, young Jewish women to Auschwitz. What started as a documentary is now also a book being published by Kensington Citadel Press in the USA, 2019. Our goal is to have the documentary released with the book!
999 - The Extraordinary Story of the First Girls and First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz reveals the hidden story about how the Slovak government paid the Nazis to take their unmarried young Jewish women for slave labor.
Who were these young women? Why were they chosen? How did a handful survive over three years in the death camps? Multiple narratives have been collected from survivors and families over the years that retrace that fateful transport and frame the girls' stories with 93-year-old Edith Grosman—#1970—to discover the truth behind the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz.
Edith has a message for the world that we need to heed.
Just 16 years old when she was deported to Auschwitz with her sister, Leah, Edith survived 3 years in Auschwitz. She is one of the few living survivors of the first transport today and is the centerpiece to this film and book on the first Jewish transport and the first girls in Auschwitz.
Photograph of Heather Dune, Edith and Edith's granddaughter, Naomi, on the morning of the 75th Anniversary of the First Transport. (Poprad, Slovakia - 25 March 2017)
Photo Credit Stephen Hopkins
Meet Orna Tuckman, of Melbourne, Australia; Avi and Akiva from Israel, and Sharon Newman and the Forstater family of Pennsylvania, USA as they retrace their mothers' journeys on the first transport and visit their historic homelands and return to Auschwitz.
Meet Giora Amir and Ivan Jarny, teenage boys who remember the girls they had grown up with and gone to school with being deported on that fateful day in March 1942.
Meet Lou Gross who was 3 years old when he waved good-bye to his cousin Adela, never to see her again.
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