Review; Always Remember Your Name: The Children of Auschwitz by Andra Bucci and Tatiana Bucci
Description from GoodreadsOn 28 March 1944, Italian sisters Tati (six) and Andra (four) were roused from their sleep and taken to Auschwitz, to the infamous Kinder Block presided over by Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death. By the time Auschwitz was liberated, 230,000 children had been murdered, and the sisters were among only 70 child survivors.
Throughout their ordeal in the camp and the liberation of Auschwitz, their long journey from Poland to Czechoslovakia and finally to Lingfield House in Britain, they hung on to their promise to their mother to 'always remember your name'. They never forgot they were Tati and Andra Bucci, and it was this connection to their heritage that brought them miraculously back to their parents, years later and many countries away. The sisters overcame their trauma to live long lives, bearing witness as survivors of the Holocaust.
My Thoughts on the Book
Always Remember Your Name is one of those books that should be read by everyone at some point. Their memories of the camp is obviously a bit fragmented due to their young age, but the book also talks about their life after the camp in a post-war Europe. At the same time, it's also a story about hope, survival, and a mother's love for her daughters.