Now a Book and a Movie!
The astonishing untold story of 999 teenage girls & young women on the First "Official" Jewish Transport to Auschwitz. Told by 95-yr-old Edith, one of the last living survivors, this story spotlights the marginalization of girls in Holocaust history.
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999:The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz.
On March 26, 1942, a train took 999 unmarried, young Jewish women for government service--they thought they were going to a shoe factory to work. They ended up in Auschwitz.
What started as a documentary is now also a book being published by Kensington Citadel Press in the USA, Jan 2020. Our goal is to have the documentary released with the book!
999 - The Extraordinary Yound Women of the First Official 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, where they were supposed to be worked to death.
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 94-year-old Edith Grosman—#1970—to discover the truth of this largely unreported and completely ignored women's history about the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz.
Edith has a message for the world that we need to heed.
Just 17 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; cousins, Avi and Akiva from Israel, Sharon Newman and her sister Tammy Forstater of Pennsylvania, USA (and Tammy's children) 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, who were teenagers when they watched 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. It took 70 years for Lou and the Gross family to learn what happened to Adela in Auschwitz.