Honey Cake & Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors
'Honey Cake & Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors' (Courtesy); Tova Friedman's kasha varnishkes (Ellen Silverman), © Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation
This extraordinary cook book was released on September 13, 2022; all of its 110-plus recipes were contributed by survivors of the notorious death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The idea originated in a January 2020 delegation of 120 survivors, plus their family members, who returned to Auschwitz for the 75th anniversary of its liberation. When survivors attended a dinner in Krakow, a common topic was memories of treasured family recipes and how these sustained them through their worst moments in Auschwitz. So, the idea of a cookbook was born and piece by piece they started putting the book together.
Vintage photos in the book show the survivors in their younger, prewar days, with some also participating in a recent photoshoot of them making recipes.
All of the sale proceeds will benefit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation.