- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1757 KB
- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: Dilliebooks (11 Nov. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MQDOP1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Being Krystyna: A story of survival in WW2 Kindle Edition
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Krystyna survived a life I cannot even imagine - a well written tribute.
From her care home in Peterborough, Krystyna Porsz reveals her time during WW2 to Agnieszka, a fellow Polish immigrant. The connection between the two women, generations apart, gives the story an added dimension as Agnieszka takes on the role of the books narrator.
Sometimes harrowing and uncomfortable reading, the story unfolds as Krystyna recalls her war time experiences, including incarceration in the terrible Pawiak Prison and Ravensbrück Concentration Camp,
Sensitively and skilfully portrayed, the author has used a very clever way of presenting this biography. I shall look forward to reading more of Carole Browns books.
The story starts in Poland, with her life as a child and later a young woman. It describes her experiences growing up there with her family.
In the Second World War, their peaceful existence was shattered when Poland was invaded by the Germans. Krystyna’s family, who were Jewish, experienced persecution and many lost their lives in the Jewish Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw, or in the prisoner-of-war camps.
Krystyna herself initially escaped, posing as a Catholic and changing her name. Later, she was detained in a concentration camp, where life was cruel and food was sparse.
Only two of the family were to survive the war.
Now suffering from dementia, nevertheless Krystyna manages to recall many details of those days of awful cruelty and death inflicted on her nation. Carol brings to life the whole story, supplementing the old lady’s recollections with her own research.
A harrowing tale of a family caught up in an unimaginable conflict, which however, has a happy ending, as Krystyna survives and moves to England, where she meets and marries a Polish man.
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