The Girl in the Red Coat: A Memoir

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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When she first saw Schindler's List--to whose premiere in Germany she was invited--Roma Ligocka suddenly realized she was witnessing a part of her own life. She felt instinctively that the little girl in the red coat--the only spot of color in the film--was her. When she had lived in the Krakow ghetto during the Second World War she had worn a strawberry-red coat given to her by her grandmother. Unlike the girl in Spielbeg's film, however, Roma survived the war. Startled by this eerie conjunction of art and reality, Ligocka determind to write the story of her own life, to find out what had become of the little girl, and to measure who she now was.
From a harrowing childhood under the Nazis, described with a simplicity and innocence that lends it even greater power, through the trials of living in Communist Poland, to a career in the theater and film (an artistic struggle paralleling that of her cousin, Roman Polanski), Ligocka traces her struggle for self-defiition and happiness. The Girl in the Red Coat is a courageous and moving story of survival and triumph.
 

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User Review  - Peachy Macauley - Goodreads

This is not a book about her life as a holocaust survivor. Rather, a memoir of what came to be her life after escaping the horrors of the holocaust. As such, it is misleading. I won't take away that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Kenney - Goodreads

A fictionalization of the author's time in WWII Poland as a child and then into adulthood. I seem to be drawn to Holocost books lately. I hope it is not a harbinger of things to come. Very good book. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
30
Section 4
47
Section 5
73
Section 6
77
Section 7
91
Section 8
103
Section 14
168
Section 15
169
Section 16
184
Section 17
201
Section 18
218
Section 19
231
Section 20
247
Section 21
255

Section 9
115
Section 10
133
Section 11
137
Section 12
145
Section 13
151
Section 22
268
Section 23
269
Section 24
282
Section 25
289
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Roma Ligocka lives in Berlin.

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