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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.
"On Both Sides of the Wall" is written by Vladka Meed, a 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 well ...more
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
Jun 07, 2014 Deena rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
A powerful and difficult book about life in Warsaw during the war. It's not always linear, and many chapters are anecdotal in structure rather than following any strict chronological narrative. Not easy to get through, as it is full of specific details of revolting behavior by people who could so easily have been allies through a situation that was dire for all - but chose instead to be just as racist as the invaders. Individual exceptions existed, of course, but they were rare/i> exceptions. ...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.
Vladka Meed is the pen name for Feigele Peltel Miedzyrzecki.More about Vladka Meed...