Discover true strength and unrelenting spirit in the extraordinary true story of Franci: a woman who survived the holocaust against all of the odds
'Achingly moving, gives much-needed hope. Deserves the status both as a valuable historical source and as a stand-out memoir' Daily Express
'A story that needs to be heard' 5***** Reader Review
In 1942 Franci Epstein, a young Jewish woman, was imprisoned in Terezin, a concentration camp close to her home in Prague.
Few could expect anything other than death. But for Franci it was the start of a journey that would take her into the very heart of Nazi genocide.
Through a combination of guile, ingenuity, endurance and sheer bloody mindedness, Franci survived not one but five death camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
In this astonishing memoir, unpublished for 50 years, Franci lays bare the appalling sacrifices she and other women had to make to survive.
It is a story of hope in the face of suffering; of one woman's determination to live.
'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
'Inspiring . . . Franci is someone many women today will be able to identify with' 5***** Reader Review
'Remarkable' Eva Fogelman
'A heartbreaking story of survival . . . fascinating' 5***** Reader Review
'Deeply moving and extraordinary' Helen Fremont
'Extremely moving, demonstrated amazing strength of will and determination to survive' 5***** Reader Review
'Incredible' Susannah Sirkin
Franci's story is a testament to the human spirit . . . a mesmerising read
Franci Epstein’s extraordinary book follows her story from life as a young fashion designer to a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, before her escape in 1945. Here, her daughter Helen reflects on what we can learn from her indomitable spirit.