Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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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 lifeófrom 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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User Review  - Elice Mcneely - Goodreads

I struggled to read this book. . . .not because of poor writing but simply because of the subject matter. This book does not turn a blind eye towards what happened.....nor does it sugar coat it by any ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Limpitlaw - Goodreads

A bit hard to get into -- so many names and family relationships to keep track of. But a compelling, harrowing, tragic story. Definitely glad I read it. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Clara (Schwarz) Kramer and her family were among the approximately five thousand Jews in Zolkiew, Poland, before World War II. At the end of the war, she and her parents numbered among the approximately sixty who survived. Kramer has served as president of the Holocaust Resource Foundation at Kean University for the past two decades. She lives in New Jersey.

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