About the author
ISAIA EIGER (1897-1960) was born in Radom, Poland. A successful accountant and amateur writer, poet, and artist, he was a respected community leader, directing the city’s Jewish orphanage and holding positions in the Polish Zionist movement. In April 1942, he was among the first group from Radom to be deported to Auschwitz, and was placed in the camp under construction at Rajska, soon to be named Birkenau. Liberated by the Russian Army from Theresienstadt, he moved to Minneapolis in 1949, where he worked as a cabinetmaker and became involved in the local chapter of the AFL-CIO. He died in Minneapolis at age 62.
About the translator
DORA EIGER ZAIDENWEBER (1924- ) was born in Radom, Poland, the daughter of Isaia and Hanna Rose Eiger. Together with her mother, she survived the Radom forced labor camp and Birkenau and was liberated in 1945 from Bergen-Belsen. She settled in Minneapolis in 1950 with her husband, Jules, where she obtained an M.A. in economics and raised two children. She is fluent in four languages and spends her time reading audio books, studying Talmud, and waiting for her five grandchildren to call her.