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In the Sewers of Lvov (Bloomsbury Reader) by [Marshall, Robert]
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About the Author

Robert Marshall divided his career between writing books and plays, and producing arts and history programming initially for the BBC and, later, live recordings of great theatre productions for cinema release with credits over the 100 mark. His writing career began with a series of radio plays, and a Play for Today 'Before Water Lilies' for the BBC in the 1970s. During the 1980s and 90s he scripted and directed over thirty programmes for the BBC, from documentaries to dramas including All the King's Men (1988) which was optioned by Stanley Kubrick, In the Sewers of Lvov (1990) which was made into the feature film In Darkness, and Storm From the East (BBC 1994) which was top of the Times non-fiction best-selling list for over two months. He became Executive Producer for The Globe on Screen, at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1182 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (31 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091DC6XQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #397,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This account of living in fear for 14months should be part of the schools curriculum everyone should know of this. Lessons must be learned.
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Before the war the small town of Gdow, the nearest large community to my grandfather's farm, had a sizeable number of Jews living in it. My father used to talk about them; they ran some of the shops and inns, they traded with his parents, he went to school with them (they gave him their chicken sandwiches and he gave them his pork kielbasa ones). One of these Jews, a trader called Samuel, often came round to the farm and would chat with my grandparents. He would make complimentary comments about my grandmother's Bigos, hinting at being given a bowl. She would joke with him and warn him that the Rabbi would have something to say if he knew he was eating pork... and he would joke back. When the Germans came Samuel came to see my grandfather and asked him to help him. My grandfather said, "I can hide you for three days but no longer, if the Germans find out then they'll not only kill me but my wife and children as well." Samuel replied that he would not impose himself on his good friends but would find another way of surviving.
He didn't. He and all the Jews of Gdow; shopkeepers, innkeepers, tradesmen, schoolfriends, ended up in Belzec and were turned into ashes, bones and dust.
This book is about something that is almost taken for granted throughout. It is not really about the courage it took to survive in the sewers of Lvov because survival is not about courage, more about determination to live despite all the hazards. This book is about the courage of one man, Leopold Socha. To put your life in danger for others is a brave choice, but to put the lives of those you love at risk... that takes a kind of courage few people actually exhibit - yet so many in Poland did in that nightmare time.
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This is a true story of the courage of ordinary people who found themselves tested to the very limit of human endurance. It also has the thread of survival running through it.

I would recommend it to anybody interested in this dark period of modern history. It also carries a warning of what human beings can sink to.

Let us never forget the brave people who helped strangers in this time
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I gave this edition only 4 stars because the photographs which were in the earlier edition have been omitted for copyright reasons, explained I the preface. The photographs, especially those of the people mentioned, do enhance the impact of the events of the book. I had read the book in the earlier edition, so was a bit disappointed not to see them in this copy. I am hoping to borrow a library copy so I can photocopy the photographs and keep them with the book
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Scary TRUE story about the hell on earth for some poor Polish Jews during WW11 – so sad, at some times a bit slow – BUT the truth takes a little longer… Highly recommended – couldn’t put it down. Now have the Academy award film on DVD (also from Amazon), and eagerly looking forward to that……..
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Well having seen the film i decided to get the book and they always say the book's much better which it was, i thoroughly enjoyed the book, just a shame the guy Socha who helped the Jewish people in the sewers never survived but his memory will live on. A great read.
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This was an excellent book that would be of interest to anyone wanting an undramatised, factual account of how a small group of Jews hid for 14 months in the sewers beneath the Polish town of Lvov to escape death when the ghetto was razed.
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