Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight

Word count

94240 words

Audiobook length

10 hours and 8 minutes

Page Count

Paperback: 296 pages

How long does it take to read?

Average Readers (@250 words/min) take 6 hours 17 minutes to read Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight. Slower Readers (@150 words/min) take 10 hours 29 minutes to finish this book. Fast Readers (@450 words/min), on the other hand, will take around 3 hours 30 minutes to read Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight

Reading Level

Based on analysing the text of Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight, we estimate that readers of 10th and 11th grade will be able to read this book. This estimation is based on a number of readability tests devised by experts, some of which is listed here.

Reading Level by Flesch Kincaid Scale
Grade 10.1
Reading Level by SMOG Index
Grade 10.8
Coleman Liau Index
Grade 9.28
Dale Chall Readability Score
Grade 6.37

Book Description

Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight is the coming-of-age story of a young Jewish girl chased in Europe during World War II. Like a great adventure story, the book describes the childhood and adolescence of a Viennese girl growing up against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the rise of Nazism, World War II, and the religious persecution of Jews throughout Europe. Edith was hunted in Western Europe and Vichy France, where she was hidden in plain sight, constantly afraid of discovery and denunciation. Forced to keep every thought to herself, Edith developed an intense inner life. After spending years running and eventually hiding alone, she was smuggled into Switzerland. Deprived of schooling, Edith worked at various jobs until the end of the war when she was able to rejoin her mother, who had managed to survive in France.

After the war, the truth about the death camps and the mass murder on an industrial scale became fully known. Edith faced the trauma of Germany’s depravity, the murder of her father and older brother in Auschwitz, her mother’s irrational behavior, and the extreme poverty of the postwar years. She had to make a living but also desperately wanted to catch up on her education. What followed were seven years of struggle, intense study, and hard work until finally, against considerable odds, Edith earned the Baccalauréat in 1949 and the Licence ès Lettres from the University of Toulouse in 1952 before coming to the United States. In America, Edith started at the bottom like all immigrants and eventually became a professor and later a financial advisor and broker. Since her retirement, Edith dedicates her time to publicly speaking about her experiences and the lessons from her life.