Another Holocaust diary
sees the light of day:
On an Auschwitz
station platform in 1944, Helga Weiss and her mother fooled one of
the most reviled men in modern history, Josef Mengele, and managed to
save their lives. Not long into her teens, Weiss lied about her age,
claiming she was old enough to work for her keep. Her mother
persuaded the Nazis under Mengele's command that Helga was in fact
her daughter's older sister, and she was sent to the forced labour
barracks and not the gas chamber.
The story is one of
many recorded in a concentration camp diary that was sold to
publishers around the world at the Frankfurt book fair. The private
journals of Helga Weiss are to be published in the UK for the first
time next year by Viking Press, while foreign rights have been
snapped up by publishing houses across the world.