Like Delbo and many other Holocaust writers, Riva Chirurg waited to tell her story, despite a strong motivation to bear witness.
Unlike Kenez and Jacobs, Riva Chirurg and Charlotte Delbo hardly ever supplement their memories with more general information; in this privileging of personal memory, Chirurg and Delbo focus not on the significance of history, but on the recovery of self.
Through her Zionist connections, Chirurg was introduced to the "king" of the Lodz ghetto, Mordecai Chaim Rumkowski, who assigned her to run a children's summer camp.
After three days in Auschwitz, Chirurg and some of her friends were "selected" for transportation again, this time to a labor camp at Gerdauen.
Oor 'n periode van 27 jaar bewys hy hom hier as 'n besondere mens, geneesheer en chirurg wat by sy kollegas groot agting afdwing.
Hy word geken as 'n voortreflike diagnostikus en uitstekende chirurg wat altyd sy beste gegee het vir sy pasiente.