Fiorello's Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck’s Story (Religion, Theology and the Holocaust)

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Born in 1883 in the Dakota Territories, Gemma LaGuardia Gluck was the daughter of an American bandleader and European mother of aristocratic Italian Jewish lineage. She was the sister of beloved New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Gemma and her Hungarian Jewish husband were living in Budapest in 1944 when Nazi troops stormed the city. The Gestapo arrested her as a political prisoner because she was LaGuardia's sister.

In her own words she recounts the plight of Budapest's Jews, deportation to Mutthausen with her husband, and enslavement at Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp for women. With painful sensitivity she chronicles unspeakable evil, kindness at great risk, and courage among women in a prefeminist world. Most of Gemma's story tells of the ordeal she and her family endured during the Holocaust and after in displaced persons camps. But she also recalls girlhood in the Old West, Native Americans befriended by her mother, international travel with her father, and her brother's ambitions and rise to success. She remembers fondly balmy days in prewar Budapest, and her return to postwar New York City where she lived until her death in 1962.

Her story, first published in 1961, has been out of print for decades. This revised edition contains a new prologue, epilogue, photos, and annotated material inspired by recently discovered notes and letters.

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Rochelle G. Saidel is the author of The Jewish Women of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. She is founder and director of Remember the Women Institute, a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting research in women's history.

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A portrait of a remarkable woman who persevered through tragic circumstances. -- Hadassah Magazine

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