From Belsen to Buckingham Palace
by Paul Oppenheimer
This is a novel based on the author’s experiences during the second world war. Judith, born in Prague, is deported with her Jewish parents at the age of 13 to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland. Within a year her parents die and she is left alone to fend for herself. Her sanity is saved by the flowering of love with an extraordinary older man, Michael.
In the summer of 1944 with the Russians approaching, the whole ghetto is evacuated to Auschwitz. A labour camp follows. In January she finds herself trudging through snow on a Death March across Germany. In March 1945, together with fifty other women, she travelled in a closed coal waggon, without food or drink arriving a week later at the Belsen concentration camp. Miraculously she survives till liberation day. At last the long awaited day comes when she travels back to Prague to look for relatives and friend, especially Michael. A new life is about to start.