Hédi Fried was born to a Jewish family in the small town of Sighet in northern Transylvania, then part of Hungary, now Romania. During World War II, she and her parents and younger sister Livi, along with other Jews, were forced into a ghetto. At age 20, she was deported to the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She survived to be liberated in 1945 and was reunited with Livi. She married another survivor from her hometown with whom she would have three sons. With her sister, the couple moved to Sweden, where Hédi became a psychologist, teacher, and writer. She is a tireless witness to the story of the Holocaust, travelling the world to give talks. Her books include Fragments of a Life (1992), Back to Life (1995), The Road to Auschwitz (1996), and Pendulum of Life (2003). In 1998, she received the Natur och Kulturs Kulturpris for her literary accomplishments and the Swedish government awarded her the Illis Quorum Medal for her humanitarian work.