The Soul of Things: Memoir of a Youth Interrupted (Paperback)
An exceptional document of an extraordinary life, The Soul of Things is the memoir of Holocaust survivor va Fahidi. Since the memoir was first published in Hungarian in 2004 under the title Anima Rerum, Fahidi has become a household name in Hungary and in Germany. Featured in countless interviews and several prize-winning documentary films, at the age of ninety-five she is a frequent speaker at Holocaust commemorations in Hungary, Germany, and elsewhere.
The Soul of Things combines a rare depiction of upper-middle-class Jewish life in pre-war Hungary with the chronicle of a woman's deportation and survival in the camps. Fahidi is a gifted writer with a unique voice, full of wisdom, humanity, and flashes of dark humour. With an unsentimental, philosophical perspective, she recounts her journey from the Great Hungarian Plain to the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the forced labour camp of M nchm hle, and back.
The English edition includes a new introduction by historians va Kov cs and Judith Szapor, the original prefaces to the Hungarian and German editions, an essay on the M nchm le Camp by Fritz Brinkman-Frisch, and extensive notes providing historical and cultural context for Fahidi's narrative.