The Soul of Things: Memoir of a Youth Interrupted

By Éva Fahidi

© 2020

An exceptional document of an extraordinary life, The Soul of Things is the memoir of Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi. Since the memoir was first published in Hungarian in 2004 under the title Anima Rerum, Fahidi has become a household name in Hungary and in Germany. Featured in countless interviews and several prize-winning documentary films, at the age of ninety-five she is a frequent speaker at Holocaust commemorations in Hungary, Germany, and elsewhere.

The Soul of Things combines a rare depiction of upper-middle-class Jewish life in pre-war Hungary with the chronicle of a woman’s deportation and survival in the camps. Fahidi is a gifted writer with a unique voice, full of wisdom, humanity, and flashes of dark humour. With an unsentimental, philosophical perspective, she recounts her journey from the Great Hungarian Plain to the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the forced labour camp of Münchmühle, and back.

The English edition includes a new introduction by historians Éva Kovács and Judith Szapor, the original prefaces to the Hungarian and German editions, an essay on the Münchmüle Camp by Fritz Brinkman-Frisch, and extensive notes providing historical and cultural context for Fahidi’s narrative.

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  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 46
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The Soul of Things is a deeply reflective, evocative, and beautifully written memoir. A bestseller in Hungary, where it has been compared to the works of Primo Levi, it marks an important female contribution to the canon of Holocaust writing.

The Soul of Things: Memoir of a Youth Interrupted

By Éva Fahidi

© 2020

An exceptional document of an extraordinary life, The Soul of Things is the memoir of Holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi. Since the memoir was first published in Hungarian in 2004 under the title Anima Rerum, Fahidi has become a household name in Hungary and in Germany. Featured in countless interviews and several prize-winning documentary films, at the age of ninety-five she is a frequent speaker at Holocaust commemorations in Hungary, Germany, and elsewhere.

The Soul of Things combines a rare depiction of upper-middle-class Jewish life in pre-war Hungary with the chronicle of a woman’s deportation and survival in the camps. Fahidi is a gifted writer with a unique voice, full of wisdom, humanity, and flashes of dark humour. With an unsentimental, philosophical perspective, she recounts her journey from the Great Hungarian Plain to the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the forced labour camp of Münchmühle, and back.

The English edition includes a new introduction by historians Éva Kovács and Judith Szapor, the original prefaces to the Hungarian and German editions, an essay on the Münchmüle Camp by Fritz Brinkman-Frisch, and extensive notes providing historical and cultural context for Fahidi’s narrative.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 46
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Éva Fahidi is an activist and author who has captivated audiences with her life story as an Auschwitz survivor.


    Judith Szapor is an associate professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Introduction
    The Storyteller of the Shoah: Éva Fahidi and Anima Rerum
    Éva Kovács and Judith Szapor

    Preface to the Hungarian Edition: ... because we cannot go on otherwise
    György Gábor

    Preface to the German Edition
    Götz Aly

    Anima Rerum: The Soul of Things

    The Münchmüle Camp
    Fritz Brinkmann-Frisch

    List of the 1,000 Women taken from Auschwitz to Allendorf, August 13, 1944

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