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The Girl from Ukraine
by Vera Smereka
In this autobiography, the daughter of a persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox priest relives the Holodomor - death by starvation in which Stalin claims as many as 10 million lives in 1930s Ukraine. Vera Smereka's nightmare continues in World War II when she is deported to Berlin to become a Nazi slave in Hitler's Ostarbeiter programme. This is a piece of European history as told ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 19th 2008 by Contraflow Media
(first published 2008)
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My mother asked me to read this book before our family trip to Ukraine; at first I wasn't keen to read it and it felt more like something I had to read than was reading out of choice, but I'm really glad I have done so and enjoyed it much more than expected. This is an autobiography of a poor but educated east Ukrainian girl who experiences the famine induced by the Communist regime before being taken from her family during World War II to Germany. She survives the experience of grinding ...more