(Photo from agnesgrunwaldspier.com – NOT my own)
Agnes Grunwald-Spier was born in July 1944 and sent to the Budapest Ghetto with her mother in November 1944. She was liberated, age 6 months, and came to England in 1947. Her father, who had been a forced labourer, committed suicide in 1955. Agnes is a Founder Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her work on the Holocaust. She has an MA in Holocaust Studies from Sheffield University and was a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews for 15 years. She was set to receive two honorary doctorates in 2018 for her work on the Holocaust. She is the author of three nonfiction books on the Holocaust of two are published by Amberley Publishing and one published by The History Press in the U.K.
I am endlessly fascinated and curious about people (particularly women) who survived, took part in or lived through the war. My grandparents were both part of it and their stories have made me curious to the experiences that people had during this awful time. Hearing stories like those of Agnes’ really inspire me because it is like she is a Phoenix risen from the ashes of a terrifying and horrific experience to stand tall and share her story and those of others and make sure that dreadful experience is never repeated in the future. It’s absolutely awe-inspiring to read about someone who must have so much inner strength and wisdom. I want to hear her story, I want to hear what she has to say and I want others to hear it too.
I will be sharing reviews of two of Agnes Grunwald-Spier’s books (Women’s experiences in the Holocaust and Who Betrayed the Jews?) on my blog. Please keep your eyes peeled for them as they’re important works that I think everyone needs to have read. My review for Women’s experiences in the Holocaust will be live over the next few days and I hope to have the other available before the month is out.