Book presentation: Ruth Elkabets/Miriam Prager „Camilla Hirsch. Tagebuch aus Theresienstadt“
“One becomes so deadened by all of the suffering and misery that it almost does not touch one anymore,” Camilla Hirsch writes in her diary entry of September 3, 1942.
The 73-year-old Viennese resident is deported to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in 1942, where she survives until 1945. The diary is an extraordinary document, since there are only a few old persons who have survived a concentration camp and give account from their perspective. Before her deportation, Camilla Hirsch ran a transcription service in Vienna. She looks upon the whole time of her imprisonment with a sober view—her diary becomes a descriptive and authoritative documentation of the conditions in the concentration camp.
Published by Beit Theresienstadt
Ruth Elkabets and Miriam Prager are the grandnieces of Camilla Hirsch and found the diary in the year 2000 among many family documents which they attempted to reappraise. The diary was translated into Hebrew and published in 2009 by Beit Theresienstadt, which was founded in 1975 in Israel to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Theresienstadt Ghetto.
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