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In the Sewers of Lvov

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In Greman-occupied Poland, a group of resourceful Jews found the perfect place to hide from the Nazis, and avoid the mass executions in May of 1943. Enduring hunger, rats, thirst, dysentery, and incredible psychological pressure, they hid for nearly two years in the sewer system beneath the city of Lvov. Their courage, as detailed in this inspiring book, is a testament to ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 4th 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published 1990)
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Before the war the small town of Gdow, the nearest large community to my grandfather's farm, had a sizeable number of Jews living in it. My father used to talk about them; they ran some of the shops and inns, they traded with his parents, he went to school with them (they gave him their chicken sandwiches and he gave them his pork kielbasa ones). One of these Jews, a trader called Samuel, often came round to the farm and would chat with my grandparents. He would make complimentary comments about ...more
Cooper Cooper
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the Nazis began to liquidate the ghetto in Lvov, a handful of Jews survived by escaping into the sewers under the city. For fourteen months, until the Red Army liberated them, they lived in appalling conditions, beset by rats and knee-deep in muck and sewage and eating moldy bread and rotten potatoes and unable to stand upright; they survived not only because of their will to live but because of a Polish sewer-worker and former criminal named Socha—the real hero of this story—who shifted t ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book takes place in Lvov, western Ukraine during WW2. Nazis invade and place the Jewish population in a working camp. All of a sudden their is mass executions and several hundred people survive in the sewers. This book starts off strong for me but gets kind of boring. I don’t know if it’s the writing style or what! This won’t be a memorable book for me to recommend to anyone.
Nate Hendrix
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the true story of a group of Jews that hid in the sewers beneath Lvov, a Polish city, for 14 months at the end of WW 2. It is amazing the lengths people will go to to survive. This is written from personal accounts and the story is mind boggling. Very hard to put myself in their shoes. I had heard of this story but didn't know any of the details till I read the book. Makes you wonder what each and everyone of us is capable of. ...more
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's unbelievable what these people went through and survived. Socha is a true hero. ...more
Aiz Rorrer
Very well written and inspirational book.
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an amazing story and one I hadn't heard about before. ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Survival in the sewers of Lvov, Poland during the Nazi invasion. The survivors lived below ground for 14 months, before emerging.
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of rescuer lit, and this one is extraordinarily compelling.
Swoją opowieść o lwowskich kanałach, gdzie schronienie znalazło kilkanaścioro Żydów, spośród których przeżyło, dzięki pomocy trzech polskich kanalarzy, dziesięcioro, oparł Robert Marshall na rękopisie pamiętnika Ignacego Chigera, a także na rozmowach z żoną Chigera, Pauliną, ich córką, Krystyną, Klarą i Mundkiem „Korsarzem” Marguliesami oraz krewnymi pozostałych ocalałych którzy, kiedy pisał W kanałach Lwowa, już nie żyli. Książka Marshalla była podstawą scenariusza filmu Agnieszki Holland W cie ...more
Irene Anderson
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to this book after reading Pam Jenoff's book The Woman With The Blue Star. Her book was inspired by In The Sewers Of Lvov by Robert Marshall. An incredible true account about the Jewish people that made the sewers of Lvov their refuge from the Germans during the days of WW11. A difficult but necessary book to read. We must not forget the atrocities placed upon the Jewish people and the genocide they were subjected to. The courage of these people and those who helped them was ast ...more
Kayla Brown
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about survival

This was an amazing book about survival in WWII. This is not your average survivor's account of WWII. If you are looking for a WWII story that is not about Auschwitz then this is the book for you.
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written account of a group of Jewish people that survived the Holocaust by living in the sewer system.

The final line of this book will haunt me.
Dave Moment
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written through tears. Words can't describe.....

This account of living in fear for 14months should be part of the schools curriculum everyone should know of this. Lessons must be learned.
Gayle Gordon
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Borrowed through Interlibrary Loan from the Dallas Public Library.

I found out about this book from watching a movie called "In Darkness," which is a Polish movie about these events. After reading the book, I did not like the movie so much. Some of the characters were made to be much more unpleasant than the way they were depicted in the book, but then again, maybe the book was a "cleaned up" version. I doubt it, though. I think the author tried to be as true to the historical events as possible.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An incredible story of survival in the most dire conditions. What surprised me is how little the smell and health conditions were talked about after the initial entrance into the sewers. Did they "get used to it?". Hard to believe that one would. I admire the courage these individuals had, and it was hard to put this book down. I appreciated the day to day descriptions as well as the general overviews and what was happening war-wise.

Once thing I wish the author did was not use last names with t
Gayle Francis
A claustrophobic story of an amazing amount of hope and fear and the terrifying experience of having to rely entirely on other people to survive. Robert Marshall tells the story matter-of-factly, relying on multiple survivors for accounts of how they lived for fourteen months in the sewers of Lvov during the Nazi regime. It's not an easy story, nor a simple one. At times, the accounts contradicted each other, and Marshall handled this by laying out the accounts side-by-side and allowing the read ...more
Scott Zielinski
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grandparents lived in this city during the time this book is being written about. I remember for years asking them to tell us stories of when she lived there during the war, and they refused. After reading this book, and The Girl in the Green Sweater; I now know why. And this is only one family's tale, in one Polish city...
It is a haunting tale indeed, one that should not be missed by anyone remotely connected to this part of history.
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This read is unbelievable and very rewarding, both in the lessons and eternal questions we are left with as the book comes to an end.It's a stunning and unique glimpse at events which are so unimaginable. ...more
David Brown
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling book. It covers in some detail the survival of a small group of Jews in Lwow during the Nazi occupation. If it were a work of fiction I would have not bothered but as it is a true story it beggars belief.
Lauren Groseclose
This is the kind of story that makes you appreciate your life because no matter what you've been through it probably doesn't compare to living in the sewer for over a year. ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty incredible story of survival.
Hazel Edwards
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Frighteningly impressive read. Explores the resourcefulness of some, and the impact of war, senseless violence and prejudice. Makes you wonder how you might react in such extreme circumstances.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
Absolutely amazing
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