On March 28, 1944, six-year-old Tati and her four-year-old sister Andra were roused from their sleep and arrested. Along with their mother, Mira, their aunt, and cousin Sergio, they were deported to Auschwitz.
Over 230,000 children were deported to the camp, where Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death, performed deadly experiments on them. Only a few dozen children survived, Tati and Andra among them.
Tati, Andra, and Sergio were separated from their mothers upon arrival. But Mira was determined to keep track of her girls. After being tattooed with their inmate numbers, she made them memorize her number and told them to “always remember your name.” In keeping this promise to their mother, the sisters were able to be reunited with their parents when WWII ended.
An unforgettable narrative of the power of sisterhood in the most extreme circumstances, and of how a mother’s love can overcome the most impossible odds, the Bucci sisters' memoir is a timely reminder that separating families is an inexcusable evil.
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This is an exceptionally well written memoir about the Holocaust, specifically the horrors inflicted upon twins. Often singled out by Josef Mengele, accounts from twins are rare, because not many made it out.
Always Remember Your Name by Andra and Tatiana Bucci is a haunting and hopeful memoir. In 1944, the two sisters were arrested with their mother, aunt and cousin and deported to Auschwitz. Upon arrival they were separated from their mother but she reinforced the need to “always remember your name”. That their identity couldn’t be taken from them too. It was a message that not only gave the girls strength but helped them to be reunited after the war had ended. Of the 230,000 children deported to Auschwitz only a handful survived including Andra and Tatiana. The memoir is told through their eyes as they were as children which makes their story even more powerful and disorienting as we the reader try to grasp how such a place can be endured and understood by a child. It is also a book about their lives after the war how they were shaped by their experiences but also found the ability to move forward with hope, courage and understanding. It is a remarkable journey. The book beautifully explores the light and shade of the authors story as children who clasped hands in solidarity against darkness and who as adults with their own families now extend a hand to others so that history should never be repeated or forgotten. 4.5 stars ⭐️