Reviews

  • Achingly moving, gives much needed hope . . . Franci's War deserves the status both as a valuable historical source and as a stand-out memoir of one woman's human experience of arguably the most abominable period of modern times

    Daily Express
  • First-hand accounts of life in Nazi death camps never lose their terrible power but few are as extraordinary as Franci's War

    Mail on Sunday
  • A splendidly-told memoir. I was chilled and moved

    Miranda Seymour
  • Devestating. A searingly honest memoir

    Booklist, starred review
  • A striking memoir from an unspeakably terrifying era. Married hastily to a young man who was able to help her family survive by his canny trading instincts - until he was caught and disappeared - Franci was herded into the cattle cars for transport to Auschwitz in May 1944. From then on, Franci demonstrates a fierce determination to adapt and prevail amid the harshest conditions

    Kirkus
  • Rarely does a Holocaust survivor have such penetrating insight . This is a most remarkable memoir, told without self-pity, but with deep psychological astuteness about herself and the people she encountered. I didn't want it to end

    Eva Fogelman, Pulitzer-Prize nominated author
  • What are the qualities of a heroine tested and shaped by history, not by myth? She must have unflinching intelligence, wit, will, and honesty in the face of near-unbearable trials. Franci Rabinek Epstein was a worldly, pleasure-loving dress designer when the Nazi's invaded Prague; she endured and prevailed when they sent her to Terezin, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Her voice is riveting whether she's outwitting Josef Mengele, grappling with her own despair, discussing Dostoevsky with another prisoner, delousing her hair with kerosene or improvising a Cocteau monologue for a show the women inmates stage with canny defiance. She survived the worst of her times; she speaks to the best of ours

    Margo Jefferson, Pultizer-prize winning author of 'Negroland: A Memoir'
  • Full of passion, heartache and love - shedding light on humanity's darkest era and providing testimony to the incredible human capacity for resilience

    Madeleine K. Albright, Former US Secretary of State
  • An incredible narrative, so finely detailed and distinctive, and a wholly consuming read. I gained new insight into the traumas of the Holocaust and couldn't put it down. Franci had the writer in her, not to mention astonishing resilience and resourcefulness

    Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy, Physicians for Human Rights
  • A riveting account of how a young fashion designer in Prague survived the Holocaust, written with remarkable clarity, candour, and intelligence. Deeply moving and extraordinary

    Helen Fremont, international bestselling author of 'The Escape Artist'

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