A wonderful memoir - it read as easily as a novel and was very gripping. I was struck about how well she explains her thoughts. A must-read for anyone interested in World War II
This is a beautifully written memoir. Gerda was just 15 years-old and living in Poland when the war began. Slowly, during the war years, she lost everything. Holocaust survivor stories fascinate me because it is interesting how some people had a little extra desire to live and were able to endure more than others. Gerda was one of these people. She kept the idea of a reunion with her family as incentive to endure the brutal hardships of work in various labor camps. There is also an epilogue written when she was 70 that gives her perspective of bearing the intervening years of her life. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in WWII, the Holocaust or survival stories.
I loved this book! A great book about a young girl's experiences and determined struggle to stay alive. She lost and endured so much! A much better book than Survival In Auschwitz. A more detailed and descriptive book.
This is one of the few books that has stayed with me over the years. It is deeply moving and unforgettable.
This was a true story of a teenager in Poland. Her family was forced to leave their home, then their town. As you can expect, she lost her parents and brother.
I've read many Holocaust books, each one gives me more and different insights. This lady had it fairly good compared to many concentration camp victims, and her life once liberated has been good.
One thing I found interesting is how she talked about how lonely and alone she felt, even tho she was surrounded by others in the camps. But she had lost everything she knew - family, friends, home, and eventually even her country.
I recommended this book if you have an interest in Holocaust and/or WWII.