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But Can the Phoenix Sing?

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Misha Edelman, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, describes the events that shaped his life when, at 14, he stepped out of the ghetto to freedom and the dangerous life of a partisan in the forest of Parczew. It was here that Misha learned that there was more to survival than physical escape--and that the ability of the mythical phoenix to rise from the ashes has little value ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1993)
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Rosemary Reeve
The bulk of this story, about a teenage boy who struggles to survive through a series of fateful circumstances in Poland and Germany during World War II, is quite good and interesting (as much as these types of stories can be called as such, considering the amount of true horror involved). I did not particularly care for the premise that has the story told in letter format to the now-adult man's stepson. And the stepson's letters to his girlfriend were especially unnecessary. It was, in fact, ju ...more
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Oct 04, 2008 Kelly José rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. I remember reading it when I was probably no more than eleven or twelve years old. I'm definitely going to read it again someday to see if I still love it like I did then.

I remember this book being full of great writing and emotion. It dealt with the dangers so many people had to face when Nazis invaded their homeland. This book is definitely worth the read.
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“It has often been said that Christian Poles did nothing to help Jews during the war. Don't believe it. There were indeed those who turned their backs on the hounded, hungry people who came to them in desperation; there were others who did their little bit to help where they realistically could, often not without some risk to themselves; and there were those who were ready to risk their lives and to share their last meal with a fugitive. I don't believe that in these matters the Polish people in the last war were different from any others caught in a similar stranglehold. And what is more, the rescued have no right to assume that they would automatically become rescuers if roles were reversed. We simply don't know, any of us, how we would react until put to the test. And the not-knowing troubles me. You see, I don't believe as many people do that courage is a characteristic like optimism or generosity; I think of it more as a mood, like laughter or sadness, a child of the moment, which might come to any of us in certain circumstances - and desert us in others.” 6 likes
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