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The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours: A Memoir of the Second World War Hardcover – 28 Oct 2004


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'Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon's The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours is an incredibly moving and gripping account of her early adolescence and youth in the Polish resistance to the Nazis and, after her family's arrest, her struggles to survive physically and psychologically as a political prisoner in the death camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belson. At the same time, in a style that is both simple and elegant and that repeatedly merges into poetry, she writes of the love that sustained her through her ordeal and sustains her still ... She has given us a remarkable testament of love and faith in the face of evil and death.'

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Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon is a semi-retired child and adolescent psychoanalyst living in Toronto.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b0773c0) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8b07b54c) out of 5 stars A Moving Memoir of WWII 12 May 2007
By Fatima H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book title, The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours, is a line taken from a poem, one of many that the author was inspired to write by her experiences during WWII. These poems are seamlessly integrated within the narrative, and serve as an emotional conduit into the heart and mind of the author.

The narrative is not chronological, and often the account of the author's experiences in Auschwitz is interrupted by flashbacks to the times before the war, when Lilka and her sisters and friends were still happy and free. The transitions are well handled, and perfectly placed, as when a certain person appears in the camp, someone whose history and relationship to the sisters need to be explored and explained.

The poems are all beautifully written, many infused with characters from Greek mythology. Even though some deal with war-time atrocities, hope and beauty somehow prevail, filtered through Lilka's innocent young eyes and mind. Throughout their horrendous ordeal, the sisters' bond held them together, both in body and in spirit. Their survival is a testament to their love and devotion to one another, and the triumph of innocence, dignity, and inner beauty over the unspeakable atrocities and depravities perpetrated by human beings upon each other in the name of war.

The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours is a chronicle of a young girl's living nightmare as she takes on the part of Ariadne, trying to find her way out of `this labyrinth of dangerous hours' that were the years of horror during WWII.
HASH(0x8b07b6cc) out of 5 stars An important read based on experiences in WW2. 1 Aug. 2013
By Vernon Forrester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having known Lilka as a lad, I was always curious as to her tattoo, and her story. It's all here, and grateful for her effort in writing this book.
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