January 17, 2000
The book is a compelling story of her family life from 1938 in "La Juderia," a Jewish area located near the Citadel of Rhodes, through her imprisonment in the horrific concentration camps, and the journey to recovery that finally led to settling in the Seattle area. The book chronicles her family's agony as they are forced from their homes with only a few possessions, shipped in tight quarters across the sea, taken in cattle cars to the concentration camps in Germany, and then are separated.
Although she had contact with her sister, who also survived, most of her family died in the camps. She was young and strong and made to work. The death and torture she witnessed during her years at Auschwitz, Dachau, and Bergen-Belsen camps are startling. The reader shares the amazement of her liberation as she herself is near death's door.
She details her relocation to Sweden for recuperating, her reunion with members of her family in Italy, and the building of her new life in the Belgian Congo. Laura Varon has survived and has vowed to keep alive the history and memory of the Jews of La Juderia, with few survivors.