Clara's War: A Young Girl's True Story of Miraculous Survival under the Nazis

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McClelland & Stewart, Apr 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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“You lose your loved ones, and still you want to live.”

On 21 July 1942, the Nazis reached the small Polish town of Zolkiew. Life for fifteen-year-old Clara Kramer would never be the same. While those around her were either slaughtered or transported, three families found perilous refuge in a hand-dug cellar. Hers was one of them.

Living above and protecting them were the Becks. Mrs. Beck had been the families’ maid. Mr. Beck was alcoholic and a self-professed anti-Semite, yet he risked his life to keep his charges safe. But survival under his protection proved to be anything but predictable. Whether it was his nightly drinking sessions with officers of the SS in the room just above or his torrid affair with one of the hiding women, it seemed that Clara and the others often had as much to fear from Beck as they did from the war.

Clara’s mother told her to keep a diary while they lived in the bunker in order to fill her time and “so the world would know what happened to us.” Over sixty years later, Clara Kramer has finally turned those diaries into a compelling and heartbreaking memoir — a story of love and memory and survival.


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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  - Susanhayeshotmail.com - Goodreads

For some reason I am somewhat addicted to WWII survival stories and loved this one. Clara Kramer, a young teen at the time, kept diaries during their time in "the bunker" and this memoir is based upon ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
My Grandfather
13
A Place to Hide
40
The Housekeeper
62
A Gift from Mr Beck
75
Go to the Ghetto
96
The Final Solution
110
The Arrival
133
A Year Underground
199
Valentines Day
219
The SS Move In
234
We are just Starting to Suffer
262
Im Losing Hope
276
The Exodus
288
Zolkiew without Mania
304
The Diary
319

s 1s April
152
The Love Affair
165
Days of Awe and Atonement
183
Life Goes On
325
Acknowledgements
337
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About the author (2010)

Clara Kramer has dedicated her life to speaking about the Holocaust. Still today, at eighty-one years old, hardly a week goes by without her speaking publicly about her experiences. Her audience has included university presidents and politicians, but Clara’s passion is speaking to children. She is one of the founders of the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University, New Jersey, which trains 1,200 teachers a year. She lives in New Jersey.

Clara’s diary, which she kept while in hiding, is in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


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