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Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival

Kramer, Clara, with Stephen Glantz

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ISBN 10: 0061728608 / ISBN 13: 9780061728600
Published by Ecco/HarperCollins, New York, 2009
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First U.S. edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by both authors on the half-title page: "To L-- and H-- / my vacation friends / best wishes / Clara" and "Next year in Aruba! / Best, / Stephen Glantz." Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.99); some edgewear; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007892

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Title: Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival

Publisher: Ecco/HarperCollins, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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“A superlative memoir of survival....Few wartime memoirs convey with such harrowing immediacy the evil of the Nazi genocide.”
Daily Telegraph (London)

 

“One Girl’s Story of Survival,” Clara’s War is based on Clara Kramer’s diary of her years spent hiding in an underground bunker with seventeen other people during the Nazi occupation of Poland. In the classic vein of The Diary of Anne Frank—a heart-wrenching and inspiring story of a life lived in fear and cramped quarters—Clara’s War is a true story of the Holocaust as told by a remarkable young girl who lived to bear witness.

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This heart-stopping story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis is based on Clara Kramer's diary of her years surviving in an underground bunker with seventeen other people.

Clara Kramer was a typical Polish-Jewish teenager from a small town at the outbreak of the Second World War. When the Germans invaded, Clara's family was taken in by the Becks, a Volksdeutsche (ethnically German) family from their town. Mrs. Beck worked as Clara's family's housekeeper. Mr. Beck was known to be an alcoholic, a womanizer, and a vocal anti-Semite. But on hearing that Jewish families were being led into the woods and shot, Beck sheltered the Kramers and two other Jewish families.

Eighteen people in all lived in a bunker dug out of the Becks' basement. Fifteen-year-old Clara kept a diary during the twenty terrifying months she spent in hiding, writing down details of their unpredictable life—from the house's catching fire to Mr. Beck's affair with Clara's neighbor; from the nightly SS drinking sessions in the room above to the small pleasure of a shared Christmas carp.

Against all odds, Clara lived to tell her story, and her diary is now part of the permanent col-lection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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