The daughter of prosperous Jews, Heda Kovaly found her world turned
upside down with the German annexation of Czechoslovakia. Deported
to Lodz Ghetto in 1941 and then to Auschwitz, where her parents
were murdered, in 1944, Kovaly made a miraculous escape from a
column of prisoners being marched to Bergen-Belsen in early 1945.
On reuniting with her husband in Prague after the war, things
started to look more hopeful. Rudolf Margolius became a deputy
minister of foreign trade. But in 1952 he and 13 other government
officials were tried and 11 of those hanged in one of the era's
most notorious show trials. Heda Kovaly and her four year old son
were hounded by the state and shunned by society. In this powerful
and moving memoir, Kovaly describes her imprisonment by the Nazis
during WWII and her persecution by the Communists in the 1950s - a
classic account of life under totalitarianism.