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Author Insight with Heather Dune Macadam

Date: Wednesday, December 8
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (EST)

In this book talk, co-sponsored by the Holocaust Council and Women’s Philanthropy, author Heather Dune Macadam will discuss her book, 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz. With an introduction by Holocaust Council co-chair Susie Bruch, whose family story is told in the book.

The book tells the true story of the 999 young, unmarried Jewish women, many of them teenagers, who were tricked into boarding a train on March 25, 1942, in Poprad, Slovakia. They believed they were going to work in a factory for a few months but were instead sent to Auschwitz. Of those 999, only a few survived. In this book, Macadam drew on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulted with historians, witnesses, and relatives to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women’s history.


Questions? Contact Jamie Carus at jcarus@jfedgmw.org.

Heather Dune Macadam’s 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz, published by Kensington Citadel Press in January 2020, has been translated into 18 languages and was finalist for both Goodreads People’s Choice Award and the Pen Award for Biography. Her first book was the memoir also about the first transport to Auschwitz, Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz, which she co-wrote with Holocaust survivor #1716, Rena Kornreich Gelissen. Macadam’s work discovering lost girls and young women of the Holocaust has been recognized by Yad Vashem in the UK, the USC Shoah Foundation, the National Museum of Jewish History in Bratislava, Slovakia, The Museum of Jewish History in NY, and the Memorial Museum of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland.

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