The Last Goodbye is a book of pictures and poems inspired by the author's experiences during World War 2 in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, and as a prisoner at Auschwitz, in the Kristianstadt labour camp in Silesia and finally liberation at Belsen. Dedicated to each of the six million men, women and children who died.
Asked about the Holocaust, most people will say ''Concentration camps, gas chambers, six million dead''.
How many stop to think that the six million were individual human beings with dreams of their own, each with a story to tell, desperately trying to survive. How many people realise that there were daily 'Last Goodbyes' as victims were cruelly separated from their loved ones.
Edith Hofmann came to this country in 1946, studied and became a teacher in London. Her book, ''Unshed Tears'', relates Edith's own experiences of being deported to a ghetto and of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. It was finally published in 2001.
In the 1970s she went to art classes which inspired her to interpret her memories in a visual way. Her paintings are reproduced in this book accompanied by some equally powerful and emotive poems.
Edith now lives with her husband in Hereford, has three children and six grandchildren.