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In VICTORIA’S WAR, Hamilton gives voice to the courageous Polish women who were kidnapped into the real-life Nazi slave labor operation during WWII. Inspired by true stories, this lost chapter of history won’t soon be forgotten.

POLAND, 1939: Nineteen-year-old Victoria Darski is eager to move away to college: her bags are packed and her train ticket is in hand. But instead
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Published June 2nd 2020 by Plain View Press
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May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publication date is June 2, 2020

The historical fiction, Victoria's War, by Catherine A Hamilton, gives us faces and names for just a few of the 1.7 million Poles that were forced into slave labor by Nazi, Germany. This number excluded POWs and half of this number were women. The character of Victoria, represents just one of these women and her story is horrid despite the fact that she has things better than other slaves, during some of her time. Victoria is bought at auction, for the price of th
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bravery, Strength, courage, and valor ........things that often seem to be missing in the world we now live in.

Every time I think I know all of the heinous facets of the Nazis during the war, another one comes along. In the story, Victoria's War, we meet a group of women, brave women and some men who try their best to fight against the tyranny , the crimes against humanity, and the horrid acts of death and perversion that the Nazis carried out.

This story dealt with the treatment of the Catholic
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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VICTORIA’S WAR by Catherine A. Hamilton is a historical fiction novel that depicts the horrific lives of Polish women kidnapped by the Nazi’s for slavery in Germany during the Second World War. Ms. Hamilton’s writing paints a picture that is emotionally disturbing and heartrending with an unforgettable protagonist.

Victoria Darski is packed and ready to leave for college as the Nazis come sweeping into Poland and her whole world is
Jeanette Lewis
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for this advanced copy to read and review this e-book.

To the thousands of women who died in Nazi slave labour camps and to those Germans with a physical or mental disability murdered by their own countrymen this story is written in parallel to each of the two of the main female characters but from different scenarios and events colliding together at a point and then separating only for one to understand her destination of death with the other to grow in
Nicole Bannister
I Enjoyed everything about this book there was nothing I didn't like about the book. I would gladly reread it again. I Would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Victoria’s War was a very intriguing debut novel. This historical fiction was set during WWII and highlighted two very different women: Victoria, a Polish Catholic who was all set to start at a university when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, and Etta, a 20 year old German deaf artist. They met when Victoria, kidnapped and forced into the Nazi slave labor operation, was bought by Etta’s father to work in their bakery. Etta tried to protect Victoria as much as possible, but the brutality of Hitler’ ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Victoria's War is a fantastic debut from author Catherine A. Hamilton. A historical fiction written about 2 characters that experience WWII and in a way become 'sisters'.

Victoria is just 2 hours away from leaving for college when Hitler invades Poland in 1939. She is soon sent to Berlin as Slave Labor. There she meets Etta, who is deaf and an artist. They become friends and try to help the slave labor camps. Each will take different paths, one betrayed and the other barely surviving the war.

Christina Hutt
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I want to thank Net Galley and Plain View Press for allowing me to read this book and give an honest opinion of my thoughts on the book. This subject interested me because I never knew about Polish women slaves during World War 2. This book starts off prior to Germany invading Poland and as 19 year old girl is getting ready to start college. Victoria, the aforementioned 19 year old, whole life changed when war broke out and her father is drafted to the front. Victoria's little sister is ki ...more
Lili  Marcus
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Victoria’s War, as indicated, is set in World War II and centers on a journey of the young woman, Victoria Darski. There’s a commentary in the beginning of the book by another author, John Guzlowski, that says too often we only remember the men who fight the war and forget the other victims and heroes, the women like Victoria Darski. And right then, even before I started reading the story, I know this novel will stay with me long after reading it. And I also think that I read this at th
Donna Urbikas
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though I am not a fan of most fiction, this engaging historical novel brings a horrific phase of WWII history vividly into compelling detail through the eyes of one young woman who survives and valiantly thrives. Based on the author's true life family, she brings the human story of how women survived their forced circumstances of war. Lovers of historical fiction and students of WWII will find this a must-read. ...more
Cheryl Marusiak
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is set during WWii in Poland. It about Victoria, a young woman about to go to college, and her family and friends. It's a fictional depiction of actual events. It's a very emotional read. I would suggest this for anyone interested in human history. ...more
Sophie Hodorowicz
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book reveals much about a little known aspect of World War II when the women of Poland were made to work for the Third Reich against their will under threats of being sent to a concentration camp. The faced hunger, starvation and death as well as lonliness and despair while toiling month after month, year after year. It reveals the complexities of war where enemies become friends and where small kindnesses can save a life.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What an intriguing read!  In the past, I did not delve into history and what happened during various wars or what influenced people and countries.  This book focuses on the Polish women that were enslaved by Germany and forced to work in camps, factories, or as prostitutes for the Germans.  We know a lot about what happened to the Jewish population, but not much is made known about others that were enslaved and killed just because one man did not like them.

The book focuses primarily on two young
And On She Reads
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Mindbuck Media for getting in touch with me to read and review “Victoria’s War”, I’m so very glad to have had the opportunity.

Telling the story of just some of the situations women faced in occupied Poland and Germany during the second World War, this hard hitting and at times out right harrowing book really doesn’t hold back. The language used is somewhat simplistic, and while in some situations that would be a criticism, in this case it actually works in the book’s favour; it gi
Gracie Dix
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you enjoy historical fiction? If so, consider this book featuring an previously untold story, set during World War II. If you appreciate meticulous research and strong female characters set in Europe during WWII, you won’t want to miss Victoria’s War from the exceptional Catherine A. Hamilton.
Kent Davis
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant novel! In Victoria’s War Catherine Hamilton tells the parallel stories of two women—Victoria, a Polish Catholic sold into forced labor at a German bakery during World War II and Etta, the baker’s daughter, who is deaf and therefore despised by her own mother, a devoted Nazi, who considers her inferior because of her disability. But Etta is far from inferior. She is brilliant and brave and defiant. When Victoria is housed in the attic room that Etta uses as her secret studio, where sh ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The oral history that brought Victoria Darski to life was given to me by someone close, my cousin was kidnapped from her village in Poland and survive slavery in Germany. Her only request was that I one day write it down." - Afterwords from Victoria's War.

This is my second historical fiction novels that I've read taken place in Poland during WW2. It was educating, touching and needed to be read. Poland was the first country in Europe to be overpowered by German military and as a results those
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if my review can do this story justice. Victoria's War takes the reader along on the journey of a young Polish woman who experiences personal loss, degradation, and physical abuse as a slave laborer in Nazi Germany. An additional point of view is that of Etta, the deaf-mute daughter of Victoria's owners, and it makes the story all-the-more special.

In the midst of the real and raw situations (although handled as delicately as possible) in which Victoria and the other main characters
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Takes the reader into the heart of a die-hard nazi family; where the family bible is MEIN KAMPF...and we witness a mother's unabashed hatred for her daughter.
"Etta Tod", born deaf, is a disgrace to her Arian family. Yet despite her Mother's abhorrence, Etta dreams of an artistic life...where her paintings can be heard. But for now, she paints secretly in the Attic, hiding her anti Nazi paintings.
"Victoria Darski", a young Polish gi
Mark Bierman
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Now, I have to admit, I like reading just about everything WWII, but this book was so well crafted and researched, that it had my full attention and left a lasting impression.

Catherine does a fantastic job of creating realistic characters and scenarios. I couldn’t help but feel a range of emotions towards both the prisoners, and some of the helpful Germans, alike. The fate of one character, I won’t spoil it, caused a lump in my throat.

This is not a shoot-em-up, we’re the greatest heroes ever, ty
Saswati Saha Mitra
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Victoria’s War is a novel about slave labour that 1.5 Million Polish people were forced into during World War II.

In Victoria Darski, you have a protagonist who bears loss after loss, of her sister, her guardian angel, Etta Tod, and her mentor, Mrs. Kosa. She lives through survivor’s guilt to find peace at the end.

Hamilton’s book is well researched and the narrative feels authentic. She sensitively excavates several incidents of history whether it is in the history of the potato farming slaves i
Love and Literature
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was given a free advanced review copy (e-ARC) of Catherine Hamilton's book 'Victoria's War' in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Kristen at Mindbuck Media and the author Catherine for this opportunity.

Wow, what a book.

The story begins with Victoria, a Catholic Polish girl, hearing on the radio that Poland has just been invaded by the Germans. Shortly after, she finds her life is turned upside down. The SS arrive and murder her sister, leaving Victoria guilt-stricken and l
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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First sentence: The radio changed Victoria Darski's world. It brought swing jazz and blues into her living room. And on the first of September, when she sat on the high-backed sofa and reached for the brass knob on the cabinet radio, it brought news of war.

Premise/plot: Victoria's War is a fictionalized account based on the author's researching real women's experiences in Poland during the Second World War. The novel might be called Victoria's War, but it isn't just Victoria's war--it is everyon
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Polish Catholic teenager struggles to survive, keep her faith, and help others during World War II. Captured by Nazis, Victoria was sold as a slave to work in a German bakery, where the deaf daughter of the proprietors has already faced abuse due to the Nazi eugenics policy and regularly finds ways to assist pregnant women in labor camps and women captured as sex slaves. An intense novel filled with strong female characters. (Netgalley review)
Kristen Ludwigsen
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Victoria's War brings a seldom told story to life in this breathtaking historical fiction novel. Beautifully-written, excellently-paced, with great character development, I really enjoyed reading about Victoria and Etta and the many struggles they faced. The scenes of them in the attic were brilliant in showing how a place can be both a safe haven and a place of fear and anxiety. I highly recommend reading this book! ...more
Steph Warren
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author, Plain View Press and Mindbuck Media. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Having studied WWII at school, read about it in numerous books (fiction and non-fiction) and watched a number of films and documentaries, I found on reading this book that there are still depths of human suffering in relation to that period of history that I had remained unaware of. This is the story of some of them.

Victoria’s war follows a young
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
War hurts. It hurts the fighting soldiers, and it hurts those left behind. It splits apart families, some of which are never reunited. It hurts emotionally, and it hurts physically. No one escapes. War gobbles up its victims one by one.

Victoria Darski is a Polish woman, living in Lagodny during the Nazi takeover in 1939. She lives with her mother, and her sister Elizabeth. One day, without warning, the front door is kicked in and Nazi soldiers enter their home. Elizabeth is shot and killed becau
Dona Bee
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Net Galley for allowing me to review this incredible book!

This well written novel grabbed me by the collar and pushed me into the turbulent life of Victoria as she experienced the horrendous life of WWII Poland. This book is well written, well organized and filled with details of Polish women being forced into Nazi slave labor experiencing brutality like one could never imagine.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy both nonfiction and historical fiction.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant debut novel from author Catherine A. Hamilton. Victoria's War is a work of fiction but it's inspired by the lives of Polish women who were taken as slaves by the Germans during WWII. This is a book that grips you and won't let go. I found myself glued to the pages wanting to know more.

The story follows two women, Victoria, a polish girl who is kidnapped by the Germans during World War II and sold into slavery, and Etta, the deaf-mute daughter of Victoria's new owners. Despite being p
Grace Jagger
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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‘Victoria’s War’ is a fantastic debut novel by Catherine Hamilton that follows two very different young women throughout World War Two. We start in 1939 with Victoria, a Catholic Pole, learning that Poland has been invaded by the Germans just two hours before she’s supposed to go to the University of Warsaw. Immediately, her father is sent off to war and then her 14 year old sister Elizabeth is brutally shot dead in their home by SS officers. We then jump to 1941 where Victoria and her mother ar ...more
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