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It may have been the twentieth century but in a small shtetl in Poland life went on mostly untouched by modernity. The Jews living there thought that their lives, anchored in centuries old traditions, would continue at the same slow pace until the coming of the Messiah. The ominous thunder of Nazi boots marching through the town marked the beginning of World War II and put an end to this future and to most of their lives.
This is a story of survival. Vivid imagery, old Yiddish songs and colorful Yiddish expressions introduce the pre-war life of one of these families. Then their world disintegrates and we follow them in their wanderings from the Nazi atrocities, to the Communist oppressions, to Siberian starvation and frozen tundra. In Siberia and post-war Poland, the story switches to a childhood memoir. It uniquely captures the thoughts and feelings of a small child experiencing a devastated world and finding safety in her parents indomitable faith and courage.
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The author is the small child in this book. She is now a great-grandmother and lives in New York with her husband. She is working on another book, a fantasy for her grand-children.
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