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I. Betty Grebenschikoff
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Once My Name Was Sara: A Memoir

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Original Seven Pub. Co.
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Noah Canel
Jan 06, 2013 Noah Canel rated it really liked it
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Once My Name Was Sara is a true memoir about the life of a Jewish family during the holocaust. Betty the narrator is a young Jewish girl living in Germany when world war 2 begins. After much worring and a lot of bribery her family hitches a ride on a ship bound for Shanghai to escape the horror that would later be known as Kristal Nacht. Her family went to Shanghai because the it was the only place that would take them in. Shanghai was ran by the Japanesse at the time but they did not mind ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Lorri rated it it was amazing
Once My Name was Sara: A Memoir, by I. Betty Grebenschikoff, is an excellent Holocaust Memoir, written from a unique perspective. It is written before World War II begins, and then from within Hongkew, China, and eventually the Shanghai ghetto, during World War II.

Grebenschikoff recalls her life within China, beginning when her family fled Nazi Germany in 1939, as Jewish refugees, and were given refuge in China. They were able to move their without passports, as, at the time, China allowed Euorp
Leah Canel
Nov 27, 2012 Leah Canel rated it liked it
I purchased Once my Name Was Sarah: A Memoir at the holocaust museum in Shanghai. This memoir is about a girl named Betty and her experiences while growing up during the holocaust. Specifically, this is the story of how she fled Germany with her family during the holocaust and the hardships that she faced. One of these hardships was finding a place to go. The only place that would accept her family was Shanghai, because the Japanese were controlling Shanghai at that time and did not require a ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Laurie added it
Loved this book, especially because Betty's family stayed in Shanghai AFTER the Japanese left and it gives a great idea of what Shanghai was like after the war, between 1945 and 1950, when her family left for Australia and then for the U.S. Amazing that by 1950 every country had closed their consulate in Shanghai, since the Communists won the war against the Nationalists in China. Also it tells what her life and family were like when they lived in Australia and in the U.S. I was SO sad when her ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Rita rated it liked it
This is a young adult (middle school) memoir of events I'm embarrassed to admit I was previously unaware of. When we were in Shanghai recently we visited the Jewish Refugees Museum and were stunned and amazed by what we learned. Previously a synagogue, the museum is a reminder of the over 20,000 refugees who were allowed to live in Shanghai when no other country would take them. This is difinitely an incredible act of humanity that deserves to be more well known and remembered along with all the ...more
Terri Davis
Dec 28, 2014 Terri Davis rated it liked it
If you like true stories of Jewish survival during WWII (without the heartache that many feel when reading books like Night by Elie Wiesel), you would probably very much enjoy this story. It is different in that it is set more in Shanghai where the author's family escaped to.
Mar 03, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it
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I purchased this book at the Holocaust Museum and had opportunity to visit with the author. She had a photograph album with her that had amazing pictures of her family. Her book tells of her family's life in Shanghai as Holocaust refugees.
Mar 30, 2014 Chantelle rated it liked it
Good story and I appreciated learning more about the Jewish refugees in China. I was very distracted, however, by some of the punctuation and grammatical errors throughout the book.
Oct 15, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it
Purchased at the Holocaust Museum in DC when they author was there for a signing. Very much worth a read.
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