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Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  299 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
This is the true story of Nechama Tec, whose family found refuge with Polish Christians during the Holocaust. Dry Tears is a dramatic tale of how an eleven-year-old child learned to "pass" in the forbidding Christian world and a quietly moving coming-of-age story. This book is unique celebration of the best human qualities that surface under the worst conditions.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Oxford University Press (first published 1982)
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Tatyana Naumova
Jul 16, 2013 Tatyana Naumova rated it really liked it
Shelves: holocaust
Это первая моя книга для курса про Холокост на Курсере - и она очень похожа на книги Чуковской. Потому что там тоже самое чудовищно липкое чувство, когда ты действительно попадаешь в вывихнутый абсолютно мир, который как-то живет и функционирует. Успешно функционирует, причем на основе абсурдной лжи, возведенной в ранг аксиомы, и страха. Страх причем возникает отнюдь не сразу, он постепенно прорастает в человеке, но как его выдрать потом - я не знаю. Меня восхищают и изумляют люди, которые могут ...more
Urszula
Apr 09, 2016 Urszula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pisana z perspektywy dorastającej dziewczynki, rzadka w literaturze relacja z życia rodziny żydowskiej, która podczas wojny wykupiła sobie schronienie u polskich rodzin. Kolejna pozycja, która miażdży tabu Polaka-bohatera pomagającego Żydom z poczucia moralnego obowiązku. Dużą zaletą tej książki jest narratorka, która pozwala nam obserwować wojnę i holocaust z dziecięcej perspektywy. Nie jest to zatem książka smutna, krążąca wokół przeżywanych tragedii, lecz wyzwalająca podziw wobec niesamowitej ...more
Lizzie
I am currently at the half way point and am wondering if I should bother to continue. The story itself, it beautiful. The hardships and trials of all the horrific things is awful. But it's presentation is badly done.

The story had potential, However I cant get past it's exterior.The main character talks about sacrifice and how she is less conspicuous because of her blond hair(she is jewish)and so she is more safe. There is nothing impacting about the writing. that's where all my beef is.
simple
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Anastacia
Sep 15, 2015 Anastacia marked it as never-finished
I liked the first chapter or so, but I just couldn't get into it. The book is written in such a way you can't really "feel" for the characters - they are all written as two dimensional characters. I understand it's probably the only way the author could write the story, but even though she's living in remarkable times and dealing with horrifying things, you can't really feel for her because of her writing. I muddled through a few more chapters, desperately hoping the book would get better, but t ...more
Doreen
Feb 25, 2011 Doreen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone interested in the Holocaust
Recommended to Doreen by: read her "Bielski Partisans" and wanted to read her autobiography.
Every Holocaust survival story is unique. Nechama Tec recounts her unique experience in Nazi-occupied Poland with precision and an understandable detachment. She includes every tiny detail as she tells of fleeing her home and hiding with Christians to avoid the Nazis.

She and her sister hid 'in plain sight' because they didn't look Jewish and were able to pass as Christians. Her life in hiding included selling home-baked goods on the Black Market and playing with local children who often made an
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Canadian Reader
Jul 09, 2012 Canadian Reader rated it liked it
This well-written memoir is a lovingly written tribute to Tec's parents, especially her father, who had the foresight, connections and appearance to arrange for the author's family to spend the duration of World War II passing as Polish Christians. The author presents a different and more ambiguous struggle for survival than is typically given in holocaust biographies and memoirs. The poor Homar family accepts Tec's family to ensure their own survival during a time of deep rations and deprivatio ...more
Deborah
Aug 23, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the Holocaust
Recommended to Deborah by: Coursera mooc on the Holocaust
I read the second paperback edition, which has an epilogue written by the author years after writing the first edition.

Autobiographical story of a twelve-year-old Polish-Jewish girl who as able to "pass" as a Christian while her parents needed to hide in a Christian home.

I guess I always thought that Christians who hid Jews during WWII empathized with the Jews and wanted to protect them as a matter of humanity. While that is true of some Christians, others held Jews because they were paid and wh
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Samantha Wolter
Jan 20, 2011 Samantha Wolter is currently reading it
1-19-11

This book was the book I selected for my non-fiction novel. Typically, I would not read a non-fiction book because I don't find them to be as interesting; but since we were required i chose a book that atleast has an interesting topic: The Holocaust.
This beautifully written book is so interesting to me because every detail inside it has actually happened to this woman. Getting the story from a first hand experience makes it seem more real. Every detail, though extremely horrible and tra
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Lizvette
Apr 27, 2016 Lizvette rated it really liked it
I have read many memoirs from Holocaust's survivors. Each of them: unforgettably sad, heartbreaking. I found this book very interesting, because they experienced the war from a different side, in different circunstances (hiding, taking care of one another, never losing faith). No matter the reasons, they were lucky to find people who helped. I'm curious to know how they reconstructed their lives.
Leyni
Oct 21, 2015 Leyni rated it really liked it
Had to read it for school and it was interesting and one of the better books we've read this semester.
The father seriously is the only way they survived along with some crazy amount of luck
Shubhada Kale
May 28, 2014 Shubhada Kale rated it really liked it
This book is a version of what Anne Frank would have written if she had survived the Holocaust. Great read!
SouthWestZippy
Jan 19, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it it was amazing
A story that needed and deserved to be told. Very sad. Have your tissues ready if you are going to read.
Clair Belmonte
Oct 02, 2013 Clair Belmonte rated it liked it
This memoir was as touching as it was infuriating. Tec brings the story alive, though I feel parts of the description were redundant and simplistic. She skillfully builds tension and presents excellent scenes, but I felt that the interspersed physical descriptions of people and location could have been presented more artfully. Additionally, I found the epilogue wholly unsatisfying, largely because it showed an unexpected reluctance and a drastic change in tone. Overall, however, I found this wor ...more
Susan Morris
Mar 12, 2012 Susan Morris rated it it was amazing
Reading this book, I felt as if I were sitting at Nechama Tec's feet, after having asked her to tell us how she survived the Holocaust by passing as Polish Christian and trading on the black market. The story was told simply and plainly and without drama or flowery prose. If you can, get the later edition, to which the author added an epilogue covering the events that transpired immediately after liberation. I gave this book five stars because not only was it well-written, but it has priceless h ...more
Kirsten
Nov 24, 2009 Kirsten rated it really liked it
A fascinating story of a young Jewish girl surviving the Holocaust in Poland by "passing" as a Christian. What's interesting here is that her family's saviors are not angels of progressiveness and light - they are real people looking to make ends meet, with typical (for the times) anti-Semitic attitudes; their words and their actions do not necessarily line up the way you might expect. The conflict inherent in that juxtaposition makes for a more realistic read than I have seen before.
Jyoti Patil
Feb 15, 2016 Jyoti Patil rated it really liked it
Beautiful simple writing. So natural that one can feel the pain of world war II. Also, i liked it better than Anne Frank. Sorry guys. It really is good.
MaryAnn
May 22, 2016 MaryAnn rated it really liked it
This was a well written book of a Holocaust survivor.
She seemed to be pretty clinical about in IMO, but it was good.
Diane
Feb 28, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
I am amazed by this type of book in the will to live. Another survival story of the Holocaust. The story is about a family, seen through a young girls eyes of hiding, changing their identity and moving heartaches. Just another reason to count your blessings.
Mark
Jul 13, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
I wished the author had dug a little deeper within herself. But given what she suffered, I understand why she might have chosen not to. Suppressing emotion allowed her to survive.
Paula
May 27, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
Makes you wonder if we should all keep some valuable jewelry around, just in case....Seriously, a beautiful story of bravery and courage, as well as determination and ingenuity.
Wystan
Oct 29, 2009 Wystan rated it it was amazing
Amazing to read a true story of Holocaust survival. A refreshingly positive tone. Got to hear her speak about another book in person; what a treat.
Emma
Apr 15, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it
This is such a fast-paced and engrossing memoir.
Caroline
Jun 12, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it
Engaging true story about one family's attempt to hide from the Nazis in Poland.
Susan Ward
Oct 16, 2013 Susan Ward rated it really liked it
An interesting story about a Jewish family survival in Nazi Poland.
Enigmaticblue
Apr 07, 2013 Enigmaticblue rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book, but I thought it ended very abruptly.
Thea
Aug 23, 2009 Thea marked it as to-read
Love the Holocaust. Want to read.
Mary
Oct 25, 2010 Mary marked it as to-read
Do ILL.
Ali
Dec 07, 2012 Ali rated it it was amazing
Excellent
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