Fortress of My Youth: Memoir Of A Terezín Survivor by Jana Renée FriesováFortress of My Youth: Memoir Of A Terezín Survivor by Jana Renée Friesová

Fortress of My Youth: Memoir Of A Terezín Survivor

byJana Renée FriesováTranslated byElinor MorrisbyContribution byLadislav Rosendorf

Paperback | September 1, 2011

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Jana Renée Friesová was fifteen when she was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Czech ghetto town of Terezín. Her memoir tells the poignantly familiar story of a young girl who, even under the most abominable circumstances, engages in intense adolescent friendships, worries with her companions over her looks, and falls in love.
Anne Frank’s diary ends with deportation to a concentration camp; Fortress of My Youth, in contrast, takes the reader deep into the horrors of daily life in a camp that were faced by a young girl and her family. But Friesová also tells of love, joy, sacrifice, and the people who shared in the most profound experiences of her life.

Jana Renée Friesová was born in 1927 in Prague, Czech Republic, where she still lives. She taught philosophy and Jewish studies at Charles University in Prague until her retirement. She has worked with the Shoah Foundation, translated books by Nikos Kazantzakis and Judy Blume into Czech, taught yoga, and worked as a counselor.
Title:Fortress of My Youth: Memoir Of A Terezín SurvivorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299178145

ISBN - 13:9780299178147

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Table of Contents

Dates of significant events



Scenes from childhood


Towards the unknown

Floodgate to the ghetto

The house in Q Street


Dancing on the edge of death

Love in a concentration camp

A taste of freedom


Editorial Reviews

“Fortress of My Youth is more than just another story of wartime inhumanity in dark years which saw human freedom and dignity crushed. Rather, Friesová pens a very illuminating picture of the triumph of the human spirit, the power of human hope, the keeping of culture and art alive, and the forging of friendships and acts of compassion that transcended even the desire for physical survival.”—Garry Fabian, Australian Jewish News