A peaceful childhood in pre-war Czechoslovakia seemed on course for
a happy ending with her soul-mate Arno: but Hitler and war
intervened. Arno perished in the Holocaust, but Zdenka carried his
ring from Terezin to Auschwitz to Kurzbach, on a 300-mile death
march to Gross Rosen and finally to Belsen. There, in the last
chaotic days of the war, she almost died of starvation, but was
saved by a British army officer, whose name she never learnt, and
to whom her book The Tin Ring is dedicated.