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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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on 24 May 2014
I shed tears of sadness, felt deep sorrow and fear for this child and her family. Now I have reached the end of her story I feel guilt and shame that throughout my life I have been sheltered from any hardship and the only real sorrow I have encountered was the loss of my parents. This child/woman represents the true meaning of overcoming life's adversaries and sheer determination to be all you can be. In the 'throw away' world we now live in everyone should read her story. Thank you.
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on 6 February 2018
Soon living memory of this time will be gone. It is a good thing that this memoir and others like it are here for ever.
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on 25 January 2014
I've read several memoirs of survivors of WW2 but this is one of the best. The author writes sparely but every word counts to tell you exactly what it felt like to be there, as a child, enduring the almost unendurable. The bravery and resourcefulness of the whole family is awe inspiring. Guaranteed to be moved if you read it.
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on 15 January 2018
Great Read
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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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on 1 July 2017
A great account from an original point of view.
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on 13 October 2015
Well written story. Interesting to learn about the lives of those who escaped the horrors of the German camps. A story of a hard life made good.
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on 4 March 2014
Moving account of a young girl's experience of living out the war with her family in eastern Europe. Very unusual...as they escaped the Nazis and lived with other Jews in a small community throughout her childhood. A very good book.
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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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