Chronicles Yehuda Nir's harrowing flight from occupied Poland in 1941, during which he was forced to don an Aryan disguise to elude capture
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A Jewish adolescent trapped in Nazi Poland, Nir managed to avoid capture for four long years--years marked by forged papers, disguises, and numerous close calls. Though his writing style is somewhat wooden, the various anecdotes and adventures are invariably interesting; it would be difficult, for example, to remain unaffected by Nir's nightmarish experiences in the sewers of Warsaw during the 1944 uprising. Unfortunately, our hero sometimes seems implausibly precocious. Yet, overall, this is a rousing tale of survival and compares very favorably with Alicia Appleman-Jurman's Alicia: My Story ( LJ 11/15/88). Both clearly delineate the unmitigated horror connected with being a Jew in occupied Poland. Recommended.
- Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll. Lib., Burlington, Vt.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Nir, whose affluent Polish family endured the German occupation and persecution as Jews, suffered the murder of his father and fled with his mother and sister to escape deportation to an extermination camp. "A tale of hair-raising adventure and countless hardships, this is also a candid, moving and sometimes funny account of a sensitive boy's crisis-dominated adolescence," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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