I Remember Nothing More by Adina Blady Szwajger

I Remember Nothing More

The author was a young Jewish doctor at the children's hospital in the Warsaw Ghetto from 1940 to 1942. When the hospital was forced to close the children that had survived were taken to the death-camps. Blady-Szwajger became a reluctant courier for the resistance. She left the ghetto and began to carry paper money pinned into her clothing to those in hiding. She and her flat-mate pretended to be good-time girls having fun and threw parties to di...

Details I Remember Nothing More

TitleI Remember Nothing More
Release DateMar 1st, 1992
PublisherTouchstone Books
GenreWorld War II, Holocaust, History, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, War

Reviews I Remember Nothing More

  • Tim
    Adina Blady Szwajger's memoir of her life in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation reads like an interview. She was old and ill when she finally decided to tell her story and she does it without any filters or artistry often admitting to being confused about chronology and detail. There's a sense of both rawness and hurry as if she's frightened of dying before finishing her story. She was a nurse in one of the children's hospitals in the ghetto and a...
  • Meaghan
    This is one of the most haunting Holocaust memoirs I've read, and I've read a lot of them. The author was a newly minted pediatrician at the Warsaw Ghetto Children's Hospital and went on to sneak over to the Aryan side of the city and join the resistance. Curiously, she writes little about herself -- you know nothing about her life before the war and next to nothing about her family, though she does describe her husband's death and mentions that ...
  • Eva Leger
    This is one of the most powerful memoirs I've read in my lifetime - easily. The fact that the author didn't put much stock in her writing is amazing to me. Almost as amazing as her story. Her story is far different than the "average" Holocaust memoir in that Blady-Szwajgier's experience was not in a concentration camp. Which isn't to say her life during this time was any less terrifying. You don't want to miss this memoir!
  • Kata Bitowt
    Książka, jak skrawki czarnych latawców, przyniesione wiatrem zza murów getta do jadących na karuzeli w czas pięknej warszawskiej niedzieli. Cieszę się, że została napisana.
  • Christina Sanantonio
    It isn't slick or graceful. It is stark memory, written as remembered, honest and disjointed. Powerful.My favorite passages:" Years have passed since then. Many years. There's no trace in this great modern city of what happened here. Yes, there is a monument. But not even a single fragment remains of the wall which separated one third of the residents from the rest; not a vestige of the stone-desert which they made of the place where people live...
  • Noelle
    Difficult to follow the writing, but a remarkable book about the terrors we should never forget
  • Joe Borg
    As the author herself also admits these memoirs are fragmented and incomplete. However this does not diminish from this work since I believe that this was partly because they were written after a long time and also since they evoke memories which the author does not wish to remember . Suffice to say that in the book the author mentions that apart from assisting in various abortions which she was in principle against since she was after saving lif...
  • Allison
    A powerful and important book. Why has this been allowed to fade into obscurity? I Remember Nothing More is a brutal and unflinchingly real portrayal of one Jewish doctor's experiences in the holocaust. Blady-Szwagjer asserts many times that she isn't a writer. If not, she certainly should have been. This woman witnessed atrocities every day. Deportations. Black market abortions. Children and infants dying of starvation. And yet Blady-Szwagjer de...
  • Leo
    It's striking how reluctant Adina Szwajger is to tell her incredible story. She informs us early on that she was pressured to write down her memories of the Warsaw ghetto late in her life and there are times when it becomes apparent her heart is only half in it. I thought this reluctance provided a constant insight into just how difficult it is for survivors of the Holocaust to speak of their experience. The impossibility of explaining how it cam...
  • Talcott
    An account that quite literally moves you- through the vast eras encompassed within a relatively short number of years that made up the terror of the Holocaust. Mrs. Szwajger conveys her experiences in a way that is so breath-taking and real - there is nothing recited here. A complex and horrifying glimpse of a brave woman. An honor to read. For those with interest in further reading on moral/ethical dilemmas faced by physicians during the holoca...
  • Mary
    A wonderfully written memoir of survival and humanity in wartime Warsaw. The author's honesty and sorrow come through so well. I really like her voice, which is so conscious of bearing witness and yet also of helping readers understand. In order to survive, she had to hide her fear, to smile and even laugh during times of great tragedy and danger. Offering medical and crucial courier assistance whenever she could, she endured. I'm grateful that l...
  • Susan
    I think I've made the mistake of judging all books of this type against "The Diary of Anne Frank" as well as the writers.I didn't care for this book or writings as well as others that I have read like it.I completely respect and honor the writer and what she went through, but this just didn't seem to capture me the way these stories often do.I'm sure the experience of what this person went through was far more intense than how she wrote about it.
  • Denise DeRocher
    OMG. Anyone who debunks the Holocaust should be FORCED to read this book - I will say no more.
  • Abby
    Excellent. Fascinating memoir.