Daily: Surviving Auschwitz – A family’s remarkable story

Jacques Peretti’s mother, Alina, survived World War Two in Poland, Siberia, and finally, Auschwitz. They talk to Siân Pattenden about their book, Little Bird of Auschwitz, coming to terms with how Alina understood the Holocaust as a child, finding the courage to put harrowing memories to paper …and how the investigative journalist learned more about the woman who would never let him call her “Mum”.

“My mum took a Zhivago-esque Odyssey across Europe.” - Jacques Peretti

“I wasn't brave enough to write this book myself, but my son gave me the opportunity.” - Alina Peretti

“People assume that the Holocaust was a Jewish experience. But the degenerate category extended to anyone the Nazis didn't like.” - Jacques Peretti

“The debate between Hitler and his officers happened right in front of my mum.” - Alina Peretti


Written and presented by Siân Pattenden. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production

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