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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
Very informative and educational insight into the difficulties, pain and suffering of individuals and families before and during World War Two and the Holocaust. To a lot of people Holocaust is just a term for something that happened 'a long time ago' and does not mean very much today. It is very important that we never forget what happened to the millions of human beings who were murdered, some butchered 'in the name of medicine', men, women, children and babies, some still in the mother's womb. This must never be allowed to happen again, and we need to learn a lesson from history. Books such as this should be included in the curriculum in all of our schools so that our children understand the horror and stupidity of war.
The author survived, many millions did not.
This has been an excellent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As a previous reviewer said, she did not survive the holocaust, she avoided it. She paints a fairly good picture of how personalities can change and societies break down under horrific physical and mental attack, the effects the holocaust had on surviving Jewish family members, and communist Russia. However, lose the holocaust, and the account could have been written by somebody made unintentionally homeless, as nothing really happens and only once were their lives seriously in danger. There is no real drama and you are not sucked into any horror to help you empathise with the family's situation. Happy ending, yes, but somewhat sudden and maybe selfish? It may have been better for her to have written about more far reaching effects World War II had on Jewish society and may have been more interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
The girl avoided the holocaust by exiling to Russia. She had no experience of the Holocaust and therefor did not survive it. The book was an easy read about her life, but lacked detail of the attrocities experienced by her family and other families in Poland and Russia. I would not recommend this book for avid readers of books about the plight of Jews in Europe during the 2nd World War.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2013
This was a very interesting book, well written the author was very brave indeed,
ita a book that's difficult to put down, definitely a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2014
This heart rending journey is a page turner. What an amazing father who stands fast in the shadow of adversity in his determination that he will lead his family to safety.
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on 22 July 2014
well written true narrative from a child's perspective of surviving the holocaust .Her deep awe of her father emanates throughout story.Were it not for his courage, stoicism and determination to escape Poland ;the entire family would have died in Hitlers extermination camps. They were imprisoned by 'Nature' as Red Guards tauntingly advised this family when exiled by force to Siberia. No guards were required -the vast forests and wildnerness of Siberia was their prison for a number of years.The story spans 10 years of exile in most dire conditions.
She was a sweet little girl but at times selfish as children are oft to be !!.
In particular I resented her greed on two occasions.She asked for more soup when it was obvious it was all finished,and her poor Mama cried in despair.
Mama gave Lusia her portion/ration of bread on another meal story and dearest Mama assuaged her youngest child's guilt by saying 'I m not hungry at all'!!!

The tales of this Cohen Family was strikingly poignant at so many levels ; yet delightful because of their survival against all odds.They reached their dream destination- America at end of the war.
A beautiful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2014
i agree that the title is ambiguous . the author avoided the holocaust by escape and so in this way survived it but the tigle sort of implies she witnessed the holocaust first hand. saying that i read the reviews and knew what it was about and found it very refreshing to see this side of the story of Polish Jews during the war and was moved by her tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2015
Another story of the hardships endured during the second world war by so many displaced Jewish people.
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on 9 July 2014
Very good book viewing it from a child's eyes made you think about their struggles and hardships in a very different light glad it all worked out in the end
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on 3 July 2014
Good story telling of horrific situations human beings had to endure.
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