Reviews & Quotes | 999: THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS

Holocaust Research Institute | Simone Gigliotti Deputy Director
"A sweeping, intimate and often devastating account of young Slovakian women's experiences under Nazi occupation. Sure to be remembered and discussed.”

American Jewish University | Michael Berenbaum, Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies
"An important story sensitively told, an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the unique fate of Jewish women during the Holocaust."

NC Teacher
"Author Heather Dune Macadam was phenomenal!"- North Carolina Teacher. In April of this year, author Heather Dune Macadam shared her documentary film, The 999, with a group of 40 North Carolina Holocaust Educators at their annual gathering in Cullowhee. Each year, Holocaust educators from across the state convene for a retreat held at The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) and Heather was a featured speaker/author at this gathering. With the passing of the Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act in 2021, North Carolina became a mandate state in which Holocaust Education is now required for grades 6-12 in English Language Arts and Social Studies classes. Rena's Promise is one of two texts selected to be used in 10th grade English Language Arts and curriculum resources were created around this text to support student learning. "This documentary will further supplement the curriculum resources we already have access to with Rena's Promise and students will deepen their understanding of what happened to these women. We cannot forget this history and we cannot forget their stories." 

South Iredell High School | Kinsi King, MA, NBCT

“A book for adults and teens to explore the depths of survival and the love of family within the terror of Nazi oppression and the Holocaust. Praised by a former student as: “a life-changing experience for me to learn about the Holocaust and Judaism through our reading of Rena's Promise. That book was transformative for the development of my personal and academic journey.” To further delve into the realities and cruelties of Hitler’s Germany and beyond, watching the unfolding of the first women’s transport to Auschwitz through Heather Dune Macadam’s documentary, “999,” provides heart-wrenching, first-hand accounts of uncovering what happened to these women: sisters, daughters, friends. Macadam connects this pivotal time in history to our understanding of how prejudice and stereotypes lead to hatred and more - a necessary understanding of our shared humanity.”