The Girls of Room 28

  • by Hannelore Brenner
  • Narrated by Suzanne Toren
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From 1942 to 1944, 12,000 children passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred of them survived the war. In the mid-1990s, German journalist Hannelore Brenner met 10 of these child survivors - women in their late 70s today.Weaving these interviews with excerpts from diaries that were kept secretly during the war and samples of the art, music, and poetry created at Theresienstadt, Brenner gives us an unprecedented picture of daily life there, and of the extraordinary strength, sacrifice, and indomitable will that combined to make survival possible.


What the Critics Say

"This beautiful evocation of heartwarming friendship in the darkest of times is unforgettable." (Elie Wiesel)
"The story of this children's home in Theresienstadt takes us to the limit of the bearable, to the place where compassion, fear, and the temptation to simply turn away all lie in wait. To resist that temptation - isn't that what the historical record must achieve?" (DIE ZEIT)


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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful yet Heartbreaking

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. It is the story of the Girls who lived in and passed through Room 28 at a concentration camp during WWII. It is both a hard book to read and a testament to the power of youth struggling to keep their innocence and having to grow up beyond their years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked many of the characters. They were painted primarily with humanity and complexity.

Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have! This is a good performance in general and for Toren in particular

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many. It has several moving portions, both in their sadness and in their hope.

Any additional comments?

I learned many things in reading this book. I had NO idea that the Germans created certain concentration camps to act as the face of Jewish ghettos. Not all camps were houses of horror, but some were "better" than others.

What a moving testament to youth, innocence, friendship and hope!

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- Daryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.