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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Mti edition (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250018986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250018984
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Girl in the Green Sweater" manages to touch us in an unexpected way, revealing highs and lows in man's capacity for evil, as well his capacity to love life and other human beings." -- Naomi Ragen, author of "The Saturday Wife" and "The Covenant""With a powerful story and a keen voice, Chiger's Holocaust survivor's tale is a worthy and memorable addition to the canon."--"Publishers Weekly""An important addition to Holocaust literature that vividly describes a harrowing childhood faced with enormous strength and courage."--Michael Bart, author of "Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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KRYSTYNA CHIGER survived the Holocaust by hiding with her family in the sewers of Lvov, Poland for 14 months. A retired dentist, she lives in Long Island. DANIEL PAISNER has collaborated on many books, including the "New York Times" bestselling "Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping yet extremely harrowing true life story both heartbreaking and uplifting about Krystyna Chiger's life in hiding from the Nazis and Ukrainian anti-Semites, during the Holocaust. Chiger talks of her experiences before the war, of the Soviet occupation and oppression of her family in Lvov, and how the family lost their possessions at this time, followed by the even more diabolical rule of the Nazis. Chiger was 4 years old when Poland was divided between the Nazis and Soviets and 6 when the Nazis seized her home town of Lvov. From then on the Jews of Lvov were hounded and massacred. The author relates witnessing the mass murders of Jews by Ukrainian mobs and the sadistic reign of terror of the evil Jew-killer SS Obersturmfuhrer Joseph Gryzmek, the Nazi cruelty and Krystina witnessing her grandmother and little four year cousin Inka being brutally forced onto the Nazi trucks to take them to their deaths. She relates how her father Ignacy Chiger demonstrated a genius for survival and outwitted Gryzmek. The family narrowly escaped the Nazi roundup of the Jews of Lvov, and after the 150 000 Jews of Lvov were killed or transported Krystina and her family together with a handful of other Jews escaped into the fetid sewers where they lived in the hellish conditions of darkness and very little space, together with the stink, disease, worms and rats.
The family and other Jewish were helped to survive by a Polish Catholic sewer inspector and former thief Leopold Socha, without whom they would certainly have perished.
Chiger relates how she and her four year old brother Pawel managed to survive 14 months in this unimaginable existence in a harrowing and fascinating real life story of death, suffering and ultimately survival. One of the best Holocaust childhood memoirs you will read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Londongirl on 21 April 2012
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An amazing story, utterly gripping. Unbelievable to think what the Chiger family went through, they ( and the people that helped them) are truly heroes. Inspiring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Alistair Schaff on 7 Oct 2013
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It is hard to imagine a more moving, vivid and well written account of Holocaust survival. The struggles above ground in a Polish ghetto merely set the scene for what follows, in the sewers, where a daily battle for survival is graphically conveyed. Amidst the dirt, the dark, the rats and the water, the personalities of the characters (both hiders and helpers) are beautifully conveyed. For all it's depressing realism, this is a hugely uplifting book. It deserves a wide audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookworm. on 7 Mar 2014
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A very interesting book well written such a brave family they deserved to survive after
living in such squalor among rats hope they lived a peaceful life after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dympnatrainor. on 30 Mar 2014
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It was a very good read.sad but not without heart.would recommend it as a good read especially if interested in wwii
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By KF on 28 Oct 2013
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Watch the film called In Darkness which is based on this book. You'll find it on Lovefilm. English subtitles. Amazing how they survived.
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I ordered this book for my mum who was so moved by reading it that I borrowed it afterwards. It is emotional and informative at the same time. A very good read.
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I saw the film and was compelled to read the book too.... Anything to do with the holocaust interests me as I had family members who were killed in the concentration camps and all these true stories bring tears to my eyes but there are some good endings too. This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to everyone.
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