Finding Edith : Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight /

"Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight is the coming-of-age story of a young Jewish girl chased in Europe during World War II. Like a great adventure story, the book describes the childhood and adolescence of a Viennese girl growing up against the backdrop of the Great Depressio...

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Author / Creator: Cord, Edith Mayer (Author)
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, [2019]
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Summary:"Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight is the coming-of-age story of a young Jewish girl chased in Europe during World War II. Like a great adventure story, the book describes the childhood and adolescence of a Viennese girl growing up against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the rise of Nazism, World War II, and the religious persecution of Jews throughout Europe. Edith was hunted in Western Europe and Vichy France, where she was hidden in plain sight, constantly afraid of discovery and denunciation. Forced to keep every thought to herself, Edith developed an intense inner life. After spending years running and eventually hiding alone, she was smuggled into Switzerland. Deprived of schooling, Edith worked at various jobs until the end of the war when she was able to rejoin her mother, who had managed to survive in France. After the war, the truth about the death camps and the mass murder on an industrial scale became fully known. Edith faced the trauma of Germany's depravity, the murder of her father and older brother in Auschwitz, her mother's irrational behavior, and the extreme poverty of the post-war years. She had to make a living but also desperately wanted to catch up on her education. What followed were seven years of struggle, intense study, and hard work until finally, against considerable odds, Edith earned the baccalaureat in 1949 and the licence es lettres from the University of Toulouse in 1952 before coming to the United States. In America, Edith started at the bottom like all immigrants and eventually became a professor and later a financial advisor and broker. Since her retirement, Edith dedicates her time to publicly speaking about her experiences and the lessons from her life"--

Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight is the coming-of-age story of a young Jewish girlchased in Europe during World War II. Like a great adventure story, the bookdescribes the childhood and adolescence of a Viennese girl growing up againstthe backdrop of the Great Depression, the rise of Nazism, World War II, and thereligious persecution of Jews throughout Europe. Edith was hunted in WesternEurope and Vichy France, where she was hidden in plain sight, constantly afraidof discovery and denunciation. Forced to keep every thought to herself, Edithdeveloped an intense inner life. After spending years running and eventually hidingalone, she was smuggled into Switzerland. Deprived of schooling, Edith workedat various jobs until the end of the war when she was able to rejoin hermother, who had managed to survive in France.

After the war, the truth about the deathcamps and the mass murder on an industrial scale became fully known. Edithfaced the trauma of Germany?s depravity, the murder of her father and olderbrother in Auschwitz, her mother?s irrational behavior, and the extreme povertyof the postwar years. She had to make a living but also desperately wantedto catch up on her education. What followed were seven years of struggle,intense study, and hard work until finally, against considerable odds, Edithearned the Bacc alauréat in 1949 andthe Licence ès Lettres from theUniversity of Toulouse in 1952 before coming to the United States. In America,Edith started at the bottom like all immigrants and eventually became aprofessor and later a financial advisor and broker. Sinceher retirement, Edith dedicates her time to publicly speaking about herexperiences and the lessons from her life.

Item Description:Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 15, 2019).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:1557538085
1612495966
9781557538086
9781612495965
Author Notes:Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928, Edith Mayer Cord fled from country to country because of religious persecution. Separated from her family, Cord managed to survive the Holocaust in hiding. After the war, she focused on catching up on her education before coming to the United States. Cord worked as a college professor of French and German before becoming a securities broker, financial adviser, and certified financial planner. She is married, with three children and seven grandchildren. She currently lives in Columbia, Maryland.