The Nazis Knew My Name By Magda Hellinger, Maya Lee, David Brewster

  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Zoe Carides
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Release date: 08-31-21

The Nazis Knew My Name AudioBook Summary

The extraordinarily moving memoir by Australian Slovakian Holocaust survivor Magda Hellinger, who saved an untold number of lives at Auschwitz through everyday acts of courage, kindness, and ingenuity.

In March 1942, 25-year-old kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger and nearly a thousand other young Slovakian women were deported to Poland on the second transportation of Jewish people sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The women were told they’d be working at a shoe factory.

At Auschwitz, the SS soon discovered that by putting Jewish prisoners in charge of the day-to-day running of the accommodation blocks, camp administration, and workforces, they could both reduce the number of guards required and deflect the distrust of the prisoner population away from themselves. Magda was one such prisoner selected for leadership, and over three years, served in many prisoner leader roles, from room leader to block leader – at one time in charge of the notorious Experimental Block 10 where reproductive experiments were performed on hundreds of women – and eventually camp leader, responsible for 30,000 women.


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