45554 - a very lucky number
THE elderly woman walks into the lobby of a busy Dublin hotel.
Sitting down with a sigh, she politely asks for a glass of water without ice – it's cold in Dublin today, she says, and she doesn't like water when it's too cold. As she starts to talk, the background noise of a Christmas office party in the hotel bar seems to fade away. Because Batsheva Dagan, now 88, is one of the last remaining survivors of Auschwitz. And hers is a story which is slipping further into history with each survivor's funeral.
Dagan, who became an award-winning children's author and lecturer after the war, seems an unlikely chronicler of such events.