Simon & Schuster...
gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live
in this “beautifully told true story about brave young women who refused
to be victims and walked out of Auschwitz with their heads unbowed” (School
An act of defiance.
A statement of hope.
A crime punishable by death.
Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is
what Zlatka did, in 1944, for her best friend, Fania. She stole and
bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then
she passed it to every girl at the work tables to sign with their hopes
and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all—for freedom.
Fania knew what that heart meant, for herself and all the other girls. And
she kept it hidden, through the bitter days in the camp and through the
death marches. She kept it always.
This novel is based on the true story of Fania and Zlatka, the story of
the bond that helped them both to hope for the best in the face of the
worst. Their heart is one of the few objects created in Auschwitz, and can
be seen today in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.
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