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A Cry in Unison

Judy Weissenberg is the mischievous and lively youngest child growing up in a large family in Debrecen, Hungary. But as the Nazis rise to power in Europe and anti-Jewish laws tear her family and community apart, Judy’s joyful youth becomes marred by fear and the hushed whispers of the adults around her. Then, in 1944, Germany occupies Hungary and Judy’s world is shattered. One terrifying event follows another, and soon Judy is faced with the incomprehensible — Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the shadow of the gas chambers, she clings to her sisters and “camp sisters,” who are her only hope of enduring the miseries that are to come.

In A Cry in Unison, Holocaust survivor, educator and human rights activist Judy Weissenberg Cohen weaves her riveting story of survival with descriptions of the political and social forces that upended her life. Her voice is a powerful call to honour the unique experiences of women in the Holocaust and to refuse to be silent in the face of injustice.

Introduction by Karin Doerr

At a Glance
Hungary; Germany
Debrecen ghetto
Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; forced labour camp
Death march
Postwar Hungary and Germany, displaced persons camp
Garment Workers Scheme (Tailor Project)
Arrived in Canada in 1948
Adjusting to life in Canada
Women’s experiences in the Holocaust
Audiobook available
Principal’s Appreciation Award from University of Toronto Mississauga

232 pages, including index

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Photo of Judy Cohen

About the author

Judy Weissenberg Cohen was born in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1928. She is an active speaker and Holocaust and human rights educator, and in 2001 she founded the website “Women and the Holocaust,” which collects testimony, literature and scholarly material exploring the specific gender-based experiences of women in the Holocaust. Judy Cohen lives in Toronto.

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