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Hilda Stern Cohen

Words that Burn Within Me: Faith, Values, Survival

Edited by Werner V. Cohen, Gail Rosen, and William Gilcher

Translations from the original German by Elborg Forster

ISBN 13: 978-1-928755-10-4

10 1-928755-10-0

132 pages, 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

Paperback $18.00 + $3.00 shipping (USA addresses)


The publication of Words that Burn Within Me is made possible in part thanks to financial support from the Goethe-Institut Washington.

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REVIEWS of Words that Burn Within Me: Faith, Values, Survival:

George Cohen in Booklist (American Library Association), vol. 105(2), September 15, 2008:

Cohen’s book records the poetry and prose that she wrote during the four years she was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Lodz ghetto in Poland and in Auschwitz concentration camp. In 1945 she was sent on one of the heinous death marches, which took her to the women’s camp in Ravensbruck, where she was liberated by Soviet troops. In 1997, after Cohen’s death, her husband found her seven notebooks. The Research Center for Holocaust Literature at the University of Giessen published the German originals in 2003. This book was translated into English by Elborg Forster. Cohen’s husband says that the situations described and insights conveyed in the poems, along with the prose pieces, reflect her need to preserve “one’s moral values in a world of utter brutality and degradation.” She writes, “The girls were hanged. We had to stand all day and watch the hangings.” The book poignantly documents the years of Cohen’s appalling imprisonment. – George Cohen

Washington Jewish Week, 16 October 2008:

Aaron Leibel, Arts Editor, of Washington Jewish Week, commented:

“This is a powerful memoir by a very courageous and perceptive woman. It is her keen observations, especially of fellow prisoners in the Lodz ghetto and at Auschwitz, along with the translations of poems and prose she wrote while in Nazi captivity during the Holocaust, that make this book unique.”

one-hour public radio special released April 15, 2009 to public radio stations nationwide.

The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” with host Grace Cavalieri featuring Werner Cohen, Gail Rosen, and William Gilcher. Also available as an online audio feature.

Recording session at the Library of Congress studio, October 7, 2008

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