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Holocaust Child: Lalechka - An Inspirational Story of Survival
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Holocaust Child: Lalechka - An Inspirational Story of Survival (Paperback)

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A little girl is smuggled out of a Jewish ghetto. Two courageous women. And an inspirational story of survival.

In 1941 at the height of World War II, in a Polish ghetto, a baby girl named Rachel is born. Her parents, Jacob and Zippa, are willing to do anything to keep her alive. They nickname her Lalechka.

Just before Lalechka's first birthday, the Nazis begin to systematically murder everyone in the ghetto. Her father understands that staying in the ghetto will mean certain death for his child. In both desperation and hope, Lalechka's parents decide to save their daughter, no matter the cost.

Zippa smuggles her outside the boundaries of the ghetto where her Polish friends, Irena and Sophia, are waiting. She entrusts their beloved Lalechka to them and returns to the ghetto to remain with her husband and parents - unaware of the fate that awaits her.

Irena and Sophia take on the burden of caring for Lalechka during the war, pretending she is part of their family despite the grave danger of being discovered and executed.

Holocaust Child is based on the unique journal written by Zippa during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents, and authentic letters. It is a story of hope in the face of terror.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyTrue storiesTrue stories of heroism, endurance & survivalHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsGenocide & ethnic cleansingThe HolocaustHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World War Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 02/09/2021 ISBN-13: 9781913543075  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Amira Keidar was born in 1963 in a kibbutz in Israel. In 2003, Rachel (Lalechka) gave her long-time friend, Amira's mother, her parents' diary from the Second World War which detailed the horrors and atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews in the Polish ghettos. When Amira read the diaries she knew she had to resign from her job as a TV researcher and write Lalechka's story, and in 2007 she travelled to Poland to research the story further. After 20 years living in various places, Amira now lives with her two daughters in the kibbutz where she was born.

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A beautifully written story which will stay with me forever. During WWII a baby girl is born; normal celebrations are dulled by the fact that she was born in Poland to Jewish parents. With the German occupation, it is no exaggeration to say that families fear for their lives and in the midst of this generations and faiths come together to try and save the life of this innocent child. This is that story. I don’t read a lot of holocaust memoirs, mainly because they are so soul destroying but this is an important tale and one I just couldn’t pass up. The author gave up her job to write this novel and she has made a first class job of it. I was aware of events in Germany regarding the Jewish community during WWII, but there are revelations of life in Poland which were new to me. Completely engrossing, this is one book I just couldn’t put down; not only does it describe the war years but by the end we have been brought right up to date with the lives of all concerned and while it is a heart-breaking story, it is skilfully told and I admire the author for her skill and talent. Definitely one I recommend and, as such, it easily earns a full house of stars.

- 02/09/2021
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#HolocaustChild - Lalechka By Amira Keidar “Holocaust Child” - a little girl smuggled out of a Jewish ghetto. Two courageous women and a stirring story of desperation, hope and survival. There’s not a Holocaust based story that I’ve read without being misty eyed and “Holocaust Child - Lalechka” was no different. Amira Keidar has taken true life events of an inspirational survival story and written a novel that tugs at the heartstrings and brings a tear to the eye. The book dives straight in with a haunting prologue which sets the scene for how the characters arrived at that point in time and then the following developments. With the Polish girls characters being a mix of both Christian and Jewish, it was interesting to read how they both experienced the start of the war with their religions and views, after living together in somewhat harmony. Their unity and friendship despite their religious differences, were so strong and admirable and it was this strength of character and dedication that saw the survival of the child and escape from sure death. I was saddened by how the Jews were segregated from the Polish students in lecture halls, with hostile looks and daily direct and whispered insults aimed at the Jews, after learning happily together in the same classes. Based on a true story with real life people, the author started writing her book after reading a journal written by Zippa (the Jewish girl incarcerated in the ghetto) and the author’s real life friend’s familial connection to the story. So intense was the attention to detail and accurately recounted facts, this read almost like non fiction, which for me, hit the heart so much harder. I was surprised to see the real photos at the close of the book that were mentioned in the story and was able to put a face to the actual characters, making it so much more real and heartbreaking. Interviews with key figures and authentic letters together with the harrowing descriptions of the annihilation of the ghettos, has resulted in a first rate story of survival and loyal friendships.

- 25/07/2021
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