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The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow    by Krystyna Chiger & Daniel Paisner order for
Girl in the Green Sweater
by Krystyna Chiger
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Griffin, 2012 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

In the early 1940's, a family in Lvov thrived and excelled, until the Russians arrived, enforced Communism and brainwashed many people to hate the Jews. But in 1943 the nightmare truly began - Lvov's 150,000 Jews were exiled, killed or forced to live in ghettos, facing extermination by the Germans.

There were daily inspections of homes, removing anything of value. On most occasions the Jews had to hide their children so they would not be taken away and subjected to horrors. A small group of refugees escaped into the sewer system to wait out the war, that was all around them. Krystyna Chiger takes us back to a time when she was small and shares all the horrors her family endured. She tells us of fourteen months in the dank, dark sewers, where an unlikely bunch of people turned into a small family and survived the scariest time of their lives. She also tells of the unlikely man who became their saviour.

The Girl in the Green Sweater gives readers insight into the Holocaust and what people had to endure to survive. On one hand it shows how people can band together and overcome adversity with a will to survive. On the other it shows the depth of evil of which man is capable. This very well written account of a small girl's memories pulls at the heart strings. This is one read that will never leave me, and has renewed my respect for all survivors of such horrific times.

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