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The Nine Hundred: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

The Nine Hundred: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

by Heather Dune Macadam

Publisher Hodder & Stoughton

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On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women-many of them teenagers-were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reichsmarks (about 160) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labour. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.

The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish-but also because they were female. Now, acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.

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About the Author

Heather Dune Macadam

Heather Dune Macadam began her career as a performance artist and dancer with the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company. After an accident prematurely ended her performing career she began writing. Dancers are fairly quiet people but since she discovered writing, she hasn’t shut up!

The acclaimed author of 999: The Extra­or­di­nary Young Women of the First Offi­cial Jew­ish Trans­port to Auschwitz, a PEN Amer­i­ca Lit­er­ary Award Final­ist, top five in the Goodreads Choice Awards Finals, and an Ama­zon Best of the Year Selec­tion and translated into 19 languages; she is also the Producer/Director of the documentary film by the same title. Her first book, Rena’s Promise: A Sto­ry of Sis­ters in Auschwitz was also about the first transport. Macadam's work in the bat­tle against Holo­caust denial has been rec­og­nized by Yad Vashem in the UK and Israel, the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion, the Nation­al Muse­um of Jew­ish His­to­ry in Bratisla­va, Slo­va­kia, and the Panstowe Muse­um of Auschwitz in Oswiec­im, Poland.

Ms. Macadam is a member of PEN, sat on the board for Cities of Peace: Auschwitz and is the founder of the Rena’s Promise Foun­da­tion. Her writing has been fea­tured in Nation­al Geo­graph­ic, the Guardian, Sunday Times, NY Times and on NPR's All Things Considered, as well as oth­er major media outlets.

She has a rescue lamb, horse, Dalmatian and calico cat, though who rescued whom is up for debate.

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