Suitcases and Backpacks by Chava Kohavi Pines
Suitcases and Backpacksis a testimony of intricate detail that describes a young girl’s survival in ghettos and concentration camps between 1942 and 1945. Readers follow her journey from Vienna to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, then to Auschwitz and to a labor camp near Breslau, followed by the alienation she feels upon returning to Vienna, her subsequent journey to Prague, and, finally, the realization of her dream to immigrate to Palestine.
The original edition published in Hebrew has proved interesting to readers of all ages.
Chava Kohavi Pines was born Eva Hirsch in 1927 in Vienna, Austria, to a middle-class Jewish family. Since immigrating to Palestine in 1946, the author has resided in Kibbutz Dorot in the northern Negev where she worked as a teacher and counselor for years. Only with forty years’ distance from the trauma of her youth has she been able to write an account of some of her experiences during the Holocaust.
An English-language eBook edition was published in late 2014 by Samuel Wachtman's Sons Inc., CA.
An Italian edition was published in early 2017 by Edizioni Terra Santa, Milano.
80 pages, 14 x 21.5 cm