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In the autumn of 1942, two young Polish women flee the ghetto and embark on a journey into the heart of enemy territory, working as hired laborers in the factories, farms, and villages of wartime Germany.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published 1990)
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May 18, 2016 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Excellent Holocaust fiction from a Polish Jew who was born in 1923, lived in the Polish ghetto set up by the Nazis until 1942 and then went into hiding until the end of the war. The story is about 2 Polish Jewish teenage girls whose mother died and whose father finds out that the ghetto is about to be liquidated and arranges for the girls to escape with fake papers to Germany to work while he hides with a bee-keeper. It is obvious when reading this excellent story that this is Ida Fink's own per ...more
This book focuses on the journey of two Jewish Polish girls who try to escape by taking on the identity of non-Jewish Polish girls. It follows the twists and turns of their journey through WWII. This was especially interesting to read as I finished my trip to Poland where I learned so much more about Poland during WWII and saw many of the places in the setting of this book. Ms. Fink wrote more a description of all they went through in keeping their identities "secret" with details on documents, ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Jaga rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A beautifully written, moving book. But it ends suddenly when the front moves and the first French truck enters the German village where the narrator was hiding. I feel a great need to learn what happened to the people described throughout the book or, at least, why the author chose not to mention even her own, postwar fate.
an ultimately disappointing addition to the long- suffering jew in nazi germany genre. i blame it on a choppy and poorly executed translation that failed to vitalize the plight of the two sisters who try to avoid the death sentence every jew faced in the 1930-40s. i ignored the 50 page rule thinking the tone and the content would merit examination. my bad.
Fink writes in Polish, primarily on Holocaust themes. Her stories revolve around the terrible choices that the Jews had to make during the Nazi era and the hardships of Holocaust survivors after the war.More about Ida Fink...