On Both Sides of the Wall
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On Both Sides of the Wall

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Schocken Books Inc
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Matthew Good

Great book about a very courageous women in some truly horrific circumstances. Vladka's account of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising is captivating and sad. To read about her constant struggle to aid those in need, only to read two pages later how they were captured or killed is heart wrenching. Why we continue to be bystanders to this sort of hatred is numbing.
Adrienne Santiago
"On Both Sides of the Wall" is written by Vladka Meed, and Polish Jew who at such a young age had to overcome the obstacles of being forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto by the Nazis during World War II. It's heartbreaking, I found myself almost in tears, and there are so many scenes where my heart almost rattled just because in so many instances she was almost caught. She smuggled a map of one of the death camps in her shoe out of the ghetto to prove what the Nazis were doing to the Jews, as wel...more
David Fenstersheib
Let's face it your probably reading this because it was on a approved reading list for a class that deals with the holocaust and I wont lie this will be a slow read but a very goodread ;) that I promise. Her story is based of her amazing determination to fight back against the nazi regime. She risks her life countless times, saves countless lives and just did a real life Rambo! There is not much more I can say other than these words written by her and other words written by fellow holocaust surv...more
I had a hard time getting through this book and it took me a while to figure out why. I finally realized that I had mentally categorized it as a memoir, which it somewhat is, but it is largely a record. The book is filled with names of a lot of people that you never really learn anything about and a lot of addresses for places in Warsaw that no longer exist and details of life which are heart-breaking. There were a couple times when I debated just putting the book down and giving up, but I didn'...more
This simple, readable, warm, engaging, and personally inspiring book gave me a much deeper, gut-level understanding of the Warsaw Ghetto than I'd had previously. I came to understand the totally untenable psychological position that ordinary people were placed in, as if in some kind of mass sadistic psychological and physical experiment; I learned that many endured about as well as I probably would have endured, continually living on the verge of psychological collapse, but I also learned that m...more
Remember the TV movie, "Uprising," with Leelee Sobieski? She portrayed a young woman named Tosia Altman. In reality, the character she played was a juxtapose of two individuals: Tosia Altman and Vladka Meed. This book is Vladka's memoirs and shows scenes and situations featured in the TV movie, under the guise that it occurred to Tosia. Tosia is mentioned a few times in this book, but this is wholly Vladka's story.
*Focuses on life in the ghetto, on the "Aryan side," and the resistance of the Jewish people in Poland during the Holocaust. *Made the fact that anyone survived even more amazing.
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Shelves: history, memoirs, nytimes
As seen in the New York Times .
Astounding heroism and selflessness. A story that too few know.
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Vladka Meed is the pen name for Feigele Peltel Miedzyrzecki.
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