A Woman’s Story of Survival

Franci’s War (Penguin 2020) is a World War II memoir written by the late mother of Helen Epstein ‘65. Born into a privileged family in Prague, Franci Rabinek Epstein was a spirited young fashion designer who lied to Dr. Mengele at an Auschwitz selection by saying she was an electrician – an occupation that both endangered and saved her life. The book, which was edited by Epstein, presents the powerful testimony of an incredibly strong young woman who endured the horrors of the Holocaust and survived.