copyright 2006; Free Press publishers, New York; hardbound in black boards with gilt lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; wonderful black and white glossy photos; dust jacket quite good.
Sala's Gift: My Mother's Holocaust Story is an account by Ann Kirschner of her mother Sala's experiences in the Holocaust, based primarily on a collection of letters her mother gave her, that she had received while in Nazi labor camps, written by about 80 correspondents. The most famous of the letter writers was Sala's friend Ala Gertner, who was hanged at Auschwitz for her role in the only armed uprising at the camp.
The original letters and Sala's diary are in the permanent collection of the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library. The book was later adapted into a play by Arlene Hutton titled Letters to Sala. The letters have also been the subject of a traveling exhibit, and a documentary film underway by director Murray Nossel.
The book was published by Simon and Schuster/Free Press in 2006, and has been translated into several languages: in German as Salas Geheiminis, Polish, as Listy z Pudełka, Italian, as Il Dono di Sala, French, as Le Secret de ma mère,, and Chinese.
It was reviewed by the New York Times, and the first chapter was reprinted in that newspaper on Nov. 12, 2006.