This is the real story of one Jewish family confronted by the terror of Nazi rule. The book follows Lalechka, the little girl born into the chaos of war and holocaust and forced to struggle with the reversals of fortune that led her each time into foreign and terrifying regions. But, beyond that, it is the story of the true friendship of three girls in early 20th Century Poland, a friendship that won’t cower before government dictates. An astonishing manifestation of loyalty and courage.
This is Amira Keidar’s first novel, based on the journal written by the young mother during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents and authentic letters.My review:
I was absolutely floored by this book. I have read several books about the Holocaust and the atrocities that occurred in those years. This one though was like none other I had read. It was told in first person and each chapter featured a different person. It centered around a young girl who was born in the worst circumstances imaginable. It was a story of unconditional love but more so, absolute friendship.
As I read the gamut of emotions swelled over me in an unusual fashion. I shed a tear, I was angry, I was disgusted, I was relieved. I hurt for this child who had gone through so much, had lost so much,just to stay alive. The people who loved her did what they could, even from the beginning when her Mother had to let go. She was loved.
Is this just another Holocaust story from the historical times? No, this is a true story, a story that had to be told. This is a story that has to be heard like the stories of other survivors. It needs to be told again, and again, so that what happened to this child and her family and the many other families NEVER happens again!
Side note: This book goes from before she was born up through present day. You find out what happens to her near the end and you get to see photos too. Hint, the cover photo is her, read this book to find out who the other person is.
Disclosure: I received a Kindle copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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