Henia Karmel, Ilona Karmel
Title: A Wall of Two: Poems of Resistance and Suffering from KrakÃ³w to Buchenwald and Beyond (S. Mark Taper Foundation Books in Jewish Studies)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of California Press October 2007
0520251369 / 9780520251366
Seller ID: 20100407170591
Buchenwald survivors Ilona and Henia Karmel were seventeen and twenty years old when they entered the Nazi labor camps from the Krakow ghetto. These remarkable poems were written during that time. The sisters wrote the poems on worksheets stolen from the factories where they worked by day and hid them in their clothing. During what she thought were the last days of her life, Henia entrusted the poems to a cousin who happened to pass her in the forced march at the end of the war. The cousin gave them to Henia's husband in Krakow, who would not locate and reunite with his wife for another six months.
This is the first English publication of these extraordinary poems. Fanny Howe's deft adaptations preserve their freshness and innocence while making them entirely compelling. They are presented with a biographical introduction that conveys the powerful story of the sisters' survival from capture to freedom in 1946.