Hédi Fried, born in 1924, is a Holocaust survivor and a psychologist, and has written the most important book of the year: Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust.
How did it feel to know your sister was in Auschwitz?
Were you hungry all the time?
When did you understand that a genocide was taking place?
Do you think it could happen again?
For over thirty years, Hédi Fried traveled to Swedish schools to talk about the Holocaust. The testimony regarding how her family was deported from her hometown, and how her parents were murdered in Auschwitz, has touched thousands of students around the country. Often it is in the discussions with the students that the disaster becomes most real. It is only by posing these questions that we discover our fundamental sense of humanism. Together, they help make the unimaginable events more understandable. Hédi Fried is one of the few survivors who is still here and can bear witness to these horrific events. In Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust, Hédi answers some of the questions she has received over the years, brought together for the first time in this collection. Only by continuing to ask the most difficult questions, can we avoid repeating this historical assault.
Hédi Fried (born 1924) is an author and psychologist. She is deeply committed to working for democratic values and against racism. She was born in the town of Sighet, in Romania, and came to Sweden after liberation from the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Her bestselling autobiography The Road to Auschwitz: Fragments of a Life was published in English and Swedish in the 1990s.