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5.0 out of 5 stars A testament to all the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust and to the author's own lost childhood
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...
Published on 13 July 2010 by Gary Selikow

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What an amazing story. A gripping read. hard to put it down. It makes you realize what people endured. humbling
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A testament to all the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust and to the author's own lost childhood, 13 July 2010
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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.
The author explains how it is a testament to all the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust and to her own lost childhood.
she also relates the family's resettlement in Israel after the war where there were so many holocaust survivors whose experiences remained unspoken.
amazingly descriptive, poignant and penetrating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 21 April 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary story of human survival in sewers of wartime Poland, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book., 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 30 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the film, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully heart touching read, 1 Oct 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing story, 24 May 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a moving real history about the infinite sorrows and pains that can be suffered by human beings., 14 May 2013
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I have like very much this book. I would recommend it to every person of goog feelings. I have look for a Spanish edition but there isn't. I'm so sorry for this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and memorable my favourite book so far, 13 Aug 2014
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the story of a family of jews surviving the german invasion in Poland by hiding in the sewer system ........its as if you are down there with them......brilliant and memorable my favourite book so far.
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