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True story from the major motion picture "In Darkness," official 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, shares one oTrue story from the major motion picture "In Darkness," official 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, shares one of the most intimate, harrowing and ultimately triumphant tales of survival to emerge from the Holocaust. The Girl in the Green Sweater is Chiger's harrowing first-person account of the fourteen months she spent with her family in the fetid, underground sewers of Lvov.The Girl in the Green Sweater is also the story of Leopold Socha, the group's unlikely savior. A Polish Catholic and former thief, Socha risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food, medicine, and supplies. A moving memoir of a desperate escape and life under unimaginable circumstances, The Girl in the Green Sweater is ultimately a tale of intimate survival, friendship, and redemption....

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  • Nancy
    2019-04-13 10:06

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted After watching Agnieszka Holland’s powerful film, In Darkness, I was delighted to find this story in the library. After finishing it, I learned that the film was not actually based on Krystyna Chiger’s story, but on an earlier story by Robert Marshall, In the Sewers of Lvov, which covers the same events. The Girl in the Green Sweater is told from the perspective of Krystyna, who was only 8 years old when the Lvov ghetto in Poland was liquidated and the remaining Jews sent to their deaths. The Chiger family had to resort to desperate measures in order to save their lives and spent the next 14 months underground, living in a sewer amid rats, worms, filth, and bacteria. Many panicked people who descended into the sewers died from drowning or from the grenades thrown through the manhole openings by the occupying forces. The family’s savior was Leopold Socha, a Polish sewer worker and a former thief. He brought them food, clothing, and other supplies they would need to survive their time in the sewer. Though he was paid very well for his efforts, the work was not without any risk. In Nazi-occupied Poland, anyone who gets caught helping Jews was punished by death, along with their family. After the family’s money ran out, it then became obvious that Socha’s intentions were not solely mercenary. While this story was very grim and showed the darkest side of humanity, there were also moments of humor, bravery, devotion, and sacrifice. This story works well as a memoir and survival adventure, but as a Holocaust story, I felt it was lacking historical background. Though the story was told from a child’s viewpoint, Krystyna was much too young to recall all the events that took place and had to rely on her parents’ memories. Her father kept a journal and I really would have liked to see some excerpts from it to show a different perspective. I can’t help but think that the Chiger family was fortunate to be so wealthy, or they surely would have not survived the war.

  • Cam
    2019-04-08 10:04

    It doesn't matter how many different accounts I've read of the holocaust, I am still fascinated and touched by each one. I am in awe of the people in this book, and reminded that I don't know what true suffering is. It was interesting to read this story and think about my Macey who is basically the same age as the children in this story. Their childhoods were truly taken away from them. It's so hard to imagine what you would do in that mother's place. It was also interesting to read an account of a family's survival outside of a camp, and now I'm really curious about all of the children who were given to Ayran families and would like to read more about them.My only 'complaint' is that I wish she would've gone into detail about what happened to everyone after the war. I would've liked to know what ultimately became of her family (especially her brother and father), and more about her current life.

  • Liv
    2019-04-24 14:10

    If this book was a work of fiction, I would critique it by saying I enjoyed the author's journalistic style but the story was too far-fetched to ever really happen. I guess this is what many say or think when reflecting on the Holocaust, and with good reason. This is, indeed, a remarkable tale about the strength and depth of the human spirit, and about the human need for a family, a friend, or at the very least--an angel.

  • Hayley
    2019-03-24 13:09

    The story of young Krystyna Chiger and her family in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland is harrowing and beautiful. Upon the final liquidation of the Janowska concentration camp, Krystyna and her younger brother flee with their parents and quite a few others into the cold, uninhabitable sewers beneath the streets of Lvov, through which the rushing Peltew river courses.They descend into the secret entrance with the belief that they will see the sun again in a few weeks. This, however, was not their lot. They would be forced to live surrounded by human excretement, thousands of rats, and other horrid circumstances for 14 long months. This, of course would've been impossible were it not for Socha. Socha, the kindly Polish sewer worker along with two of his co-workers. Throughout that nearly unbearable time, Socha brought food and other necessary supplies for the small Jewish family he grew quite fond of. He found them hiding places; led German soldiers on false trails; and found fresh water they could drink. He was, in so many ways, their saving grace.I will remember this book not only for the environment by which this family and a small group of others escaped extermination by the Nazi regime, but for the kindnesses - ranging from small to great - which saved their lives. A beautiful piece of historical literature.

  • Brina
    2019-04-09 11:03

    The girl in the green sweater is Chiger's moving account of how her family survived the holocaust by living in a sewer for 15 months. I have read many holocaust books over the years, but I found this particularly moving because with her collaborator Paisner, Chiger managed to tell her story through the eyes of her seven year old self. B"H she moved past this baggage and raised a family and has now donated this gem to all of us.

  • Megan
    2019-03-29 09:01

    This is Krystyna Chiger’s memoir of her childhood during the Holocaust. A Polish Jew, her family was forced to hide from the Nazis lest they be exterminated during the “cleansing” of the town of Lvov. Though they were able to survive longer than many Jews, through her father’s ingenuity and sometimes sheer luck, they were eventually forced into the sewers underneath the city. There, along with a dozen or so other Jewish people, they hid for fourteen months, until the Russian army liberated the city.I found this story more interesting than a lot of Holocaust memoirs out there. Of course, what each person who survived the Holocaust went through was tragic and horrifying, but Chiger has a way of writing that instantly draws you in. Apparently she pieced together the narrative of their time in the ghetto and the sewer based on her own memories and her father’s diary. She therefore has the perspective not just of a seven-year-old child, but of a grown man, as well as her family’s other memories, and her own, changing perspective as she grew up. She is able to see the more horrifying events in the sewer not through her immature memories, but through several different viewpoints, all molded together into one coherent recollection.It could be repetitive at times, and Chiger tended to spoil the end of her stories before she began them (you’ll know exactly who survives and why, and what miraculous events are coming up, early in the story), but there was always something interesting on the next page. Chiger was very courageous, and her father was a real hero; he was a remarkable man.

  • Virlys
    2019-03-30 12:11

    Using the metaphor of carrying heavy baggage of memories of the Holocaust, author Krystyna Chiger ends her memoir with these words: "It would not be fair to suggest that our bag was heavier than most. It was just ours, that is all..." I picked my copy of The Girl in the Green Sweater up on a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. awhile back, but I put it aside after reading The Girl in the Red Coat which tells the story of the red-clad girl made famous in the movie Schindler's List, thinking I needed a change of subject matter--reading about the Holocaust is difficult. At first reading this memoir was difficult too--until one begins to see the characters as more than victims but rather people who this story reveals to be brave, smart, and loyal who endure unbelievable danger and hardship. What makes this story so unique is that it tells a story of a group of Jews who escaped underground to the sewer tunnels that covered the Peltew River in Lvov, Poland. Krystyna, her small brother, and her mother and father hide for 14 months in the dark, wet, smelly, and dangerous conditions of the sewer. Their survival, along with their own bravery and tenacity, depends greatly on the support and eventual friendship of a Polish Catholic man who risks his own safety to bring them supplies, comfort, and news, even when the money to pay him with runs out. This is not just another holocaust story, and I've read many accounts of this sad chapter in human history; it is indeed unique, haunting and in the end, triumphant.

  • Chrissie
    2019-04-23 13:06

    The green sweater mentioned in the title of this book is found in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This sweater was worn by the author when she was six to seven years old, when she lived in the sewers of Lvov. Lvov is now called Lviv and is located in western Ukraine. Then, during the war, it was part of Poland and was called Lvov. This sweater was knitted by the author's grandmother. When she wore it she felt the warmth of her grandmother's hugs. What is spoken of in this book is how she, the author, experienced the war. It is based on her own memories. The author has spoken with her parents and filled in sections that she did not know at the time, but it is important to see this book as a child's perspective on war. This, the book accomplishes very well. Similarly, any adult can list what elements will most probably be included in any description of an extended stay below ground in the sewer system – rats, excrement, slime, filth, worms and pipelines. The memories experienced by the author add a very horrible dimension to these concepts. Getting stuck in a 40cm pipeline, worms of all sizes and descriptions take on another dimension. The impact of childhood experiences on shaping an adult is also an interesting theme. The importance of humour is stressed. Yes, humour and good memories are possible even in such terrible conditions.The author is remembering her experiences as a child, and yet this proves to be one of the problems with the book. We are told rather than shown. This is at least how I reacted to the book.When you buy a book, you get a finished product. How a book is put together is important, Everything from the cover, maps, pictures, a glossary, an introduction and an afterword play a role in how the reader will perceive a given book.. This book has pictures which are wonderful. Unfortunately, it also has an introduction that is in fact a complete summary, in eight pages, of the entire book. Do not read the introduction before reading the book! I did, and as a result, I always knew what would happen next. Yes, I liked the book, but it could clearly have been improved. I highly admire the author and agree completely with her belief that such experiences of the holocaust must be documented.

  • Doriana Bisegna
    2019-04-24 13:10

    What took the author so long to write this story? This story is unbelievable and should have been told decades ago. It is an unforgettable story that will resonate with the reader for a long time if not forever. Whenever we need to traverse a difficult period in our own lives, this should be the story that should have us drawing upon our perserverance and willpower. How a group of human beings can live for 14 months amongst the rats, sewage, darkness, cold and surrounded by mud strewn walls is beyond belief. The other unbelievable aspect of this story is the stark contrast between sheer evil and selfless goodness. How one man can make such a difference for a dozen complete stranger's lives is remarkable and that is why he is honored at the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum. In order to honour his memory and the memory of all who suffered, perished and fought for their lives read this story! You will not regret the time spent learning a piece of history (however small)!

  • Chris
    2019-04-15 08:18

    This is one of those books you should read. Chiger's experiences during the Holocaust as she and her family lived in a sewer for months are awe inspiring. It's true the narrative isn't linear per se (it mostly is, but sometimes she tells you ahead of time what happens), but it feels as if Chiger is right next to you, telling you the story. And that's worth a lot.Her parents were wonderful people.

  • Ray
    2019-03-26 10:13

    Krystyna is seven years old, and lives with her family in Lvov in south East Poland. It is 1939. She is Jewish, as are a quarter of Lvov's population.War breaks out. First the Russians annex Lvov as part of the Molotov Ribbentrop agreement. Krystyna's father has his business confiscated, and the family are forced to accept strangers as lodgers in their large apartment. Others from the community are taken away, never to be seen again.Then disaster as operation Barbarossa rolls over the city. The Germans are now in charge and Lvov's 200,000 Jews are in mortal danger. The family are forced to move out of their apartment and into an overcrowded ghetto. Jews in the city are starved, humiliated, brutalised, subjected to random killings and roundups from which no one returns. Krystyna father uses ingenuity and courage to keep his family alive. Luck plays a part too.The final roundup of the last 5,000 Jews is a chaotic affair and the family slips into the sewers below Lvov. Here they live for fourteen months amongst shit, filth and rats - constantly in fear of being caught. Of perhaps seventy people in the sewers after the outset, only ten survive, and then only because of the help of some Polish sewage workers This is a powerful book which puts a human face on an unspeakable crime. It shows the power of tenacity, perseverance and a sheer refusal to die in the face of overwhelming odds. It is sobering to think that out of the 200,000 Jews of Lvov in 1941 very few survived the war.

  • Susan
    2019-04-17 13:14

    This memoir chilled me. Krystyna Chiger's simply told story of survival during the Nazi invasion of Poland is perhaps one of the best I've read. It isn't because it is Pulitzer-award winning writing -- it's not. It isn't because it was on the bestseller list -- it wasn't. It's because her family's survival is so unimaginable that even as I read it, I wondered how anyone could EVER live through it. Imagine living in the sewer system being hunted like prey. Co-existing with thousands upon thousands of rats. With human waste flowing by constantly. With sudden bursts of flood waters rushing through without warning, sweeping away people and things. And maybe worst of all, being in total darkness all the time. FOR ONE-AND-A-HALF YEARS. Never seeing sunshine, smelling a flower, never feeling fresh air, never being able to stand to your full height. You can only crawl, you can never speak above a whisper. Seeing those around you die of hunger, dysentary, and drowning. And your only source of food and news of the outside world is a Polish sewer worker who has taken pity on you and risks his own life to help. Even after reading this memoir, I'm still stunned by the magnitude of it. Read it and be grateful for what you have. Every minute of every day.

  • Katharine Holden
    2019-03-28 09:24

    This is the most powerful book I have ever read. So many awfulnesses. The Nazis who come into Chiger's family's apartment to pick and choose belongings like there's a yard sale going on...her grandmother bravely waving to her from the military truck that takes her and the other Polish Jews to their death...she and her little brother squeezed behind a false shelf her father builds for 12-14 hours at a time so they won't be found while he and her mother work at forced labor...the rats in the sewers...the sewer flooding with the thaw and the children being held up above the water line so as not to drown...when they finally leave the sewer after fourteen months Chiger's eyes are so used to darkness that she sees everything through an orange-colored haze...even after surviving all of this her father, a former business owner, is still a suspect bourgeois to the Russian communist "liberators" and the family still can't feel safe.Chiger tells all of this from the point of the view of the small child she was, augmented in spots by the unpublished writings of her father. It is a heart-rending book and so real.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-14 15:11

    By far one of the best books of this time period I have ever read. Well written. A real eye opener. I have read and thought about the Holocaust but this book really put a new perspective on it from a family not only able to stay together but to endure such hardships together and still have hope. I am in awe of the Chiger family. I knew Jews suffered and some more than others but never really put into perspective the children and what they went through. The Jews had hatred coming from all sides and yet they made it through and to hear about the aftermath. They still suffered post war. Such strength in this family. I am inspired and would read this again.

  • Johnna Jackson
    2019-04-19 08:04

    I can't stop reading about the Holocaust! I just finished this book and have moved on to another memoir about this horrific time in history. I was amazed that this book went as quickly as it did for me. There is little to no dialogue in this book. Most of the story is the author recollecting what happened during her ordeal of hiding with her family in the sewer. Krysha, her brother and parents hide for over a year in the sewer. A trio of sewer workers aid the group in their quest to survive the Nazi's attempt to capture all of the Jews.The book moves smoothly and keeps your interest. Uplifting and harrowing, sorrowful and sweet. Wonderful read.

  • Toni
    2019-04-16 10:06

    With each book I read dealing with the Holocaust, I am overwhelmed by the human capacity for cruelty. Krystyna Chiger's families' experiences as they spent 14 months hiding in the sewers of Lvov (an area in the Ukraine near the Polish border) were horrifying, amazing, and inspiring. This is a story with true villians whose disgusting deeds are overcome by true heroes.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-16 14:10

    It truly is an amazing, true tale of the human spirit and will to survive. I think all memoirs about surviving the Holocaust must be similar in this way; unbelievable, moving, terrifying. I finished this book in one night. Don't read the introduction, it has too many spoilers for the book although that didn't bother me.

  • Sean
    2019-04-02 09:00

    This was an amazing book. I enjoyed it. At first I thought it was a little repetitive, but then i realized how it was just reinforcing the whole book. I laughed once or twice and cried a few times with this one.

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  • Maryana
    2019-04-13 13:04

    Не знаю, як оцінити цю книгу, бо вперше читаю про Голокост без емоцій, точніше без звичних для мене емоцій. І думки не мають бажання впорядкуватись. Не можу сказати, що не вірю авторці. Але пише вона про себе дитину з позиції дорослої жінки, і не впевнена, що все описане - її спогади, можливо, частина з цього розповіді інших, десь прочитані факти. Таки не вірю, що могла вона стільки пам'ятати про себе в ранньому дитячому віці. Так, правда в кожного своя, але не можуть бути і не є усі поганими, (хоча був аж один! хороший), лише євреї найкращі, і горе їхнє найбільше, і всі їм щось винні, усі мають їм допомагати. Дивні відчуття після книги. Немає звичного співчуття. А лиш недовіра... і злість, бо якими б не були прості люди під час війни, нам не завжди дано зрозуміти чому вони чинили саме так. Зрештою, і благородство не завжди щире.

  • Jenni
    2019-03-28 08:25

    What a stunning narrative...probably one of the most powerful memoirs of surviving the Holocaust I've come across. It seems that no matter how many I've read (quite a few), every story is tragically similar yet also describes a situation so unique from another.In this book, the author tells of her survival with her family living underground in the sewer system for nearly two years with her family and a few others, surviving only due to the kindness of three Polish sewer workers who risked their lives and made it their mission to protect them from death. An amazing example of the depths of human kindness possible even in man's darkest hour. As for the writing, I found it to be simple but well written, vividly told. There were maybe a few bits of redundancy here and there (there were times when I read something and thought, "Didn't she say that already!"), but otherwise it was a beautiful story of selflessness, hope, courage and perseverance during a time of unspeakable suffering. These Holocaust stories of survival against insurmountable odds are shocking and horrific, all the more so when you realize that there are 6 million stories out there which will never be told.

  • Jen
    2019-04-04 14:19

    No matter how many stories I read from people who survived the Holocaust, I never fail to be inspired and uplifted by the power of the human spirit, while simultaneously feeling sadness and despair for their situation. An excellent read, right here.

  • Meghan
    2019-03-29 10:11

    The more I read about WWII, the more I see the similarities of experiences, whether the person is from Germany, Poland, Russia, France, England, Japan, China, the US, etc. Each person's experience is unique and yet over and over the victims seem to tell of the same story and the persecutors seem to react in the same manner. In all, I guess it shows that humans are humans no matter where you're from, what language you speak, what religion you practice.In Chiger's story, I learned a little more about what the Polish Jews experienced, both at the hands of the Ukrainians/Russians as well as the Germans. It was an "out of the frying pan into the fire" kind of situation for these Jews. And I appreciated a new and different viewpoint. I continually went back in my head and compared stories from Sarah's Key and The Book Thief. Each story was told through the eyes of young Jewish girl, each surviving in various parts of Europe. Each story sadly too similar and yet each girl showed remarkable strength and fortitude in times of extreme duress.The only "dislike" I have to say about the book is that it was not well edited. Chiger tended to repeat herself, at times word-for-word. I found this to be distracting to the point of irritating. Also, the beginning--her life before the war began--took too long. While I can't imagine the suffering she went through, the dramatic fall from upper middle classdom to living in the bowels of the sewers lacked emotional punch. I had to just tell myself it was like listening to a slightly senile grandma telling her story for the 500th time--she may repeat herself and you just need to be patient.I am glad to have read this story. This one, as with ALL WWII survivors needs to be told. History repeats itself because we do not pay attention. Our ignorance allows us to miss the telltale signs that bad things will happen if we continue along a certain path. So I hope people continue to tell their stories and more importantly, we continue to read them. I also hope editors do a little bit better job in ensuring these stories are told compellingly enough so that people stop and listen.

  • Trina
    2019-04-02 09:22

    Krystyna Chiger is the last surviving member of a group of Jews that survive the Holocaust by hiding in the sewers beneath the city of Lvov. Her story begins a couple years prior to their hiding. I found it notable that she felt like living above ground was worse than hiding in the sewers. The Jews were having businesses and belongings taken from them. Soldiers would come to their homes, and walk through to pick out and take whatever they wanted. Any resistance resulted in death or being sent to the camps. Krystyna's family started out fairly well to do, and ended up with nothing but their lives in the end. The Jews were routinely being funneled into smaller and smaller areas of control. The children had already been liquidated from their city, so Krystyna and her younger brother would quietly hid for many hours each day while their parents were working 12-16 hour shifts to avoid being sent away or killed.Once in the sewers, Krystyna was with her father & mother, uncle, her younger brother, and several others that were either barely known, or not at all known to them yet. Supported by a few sewer workers, for 14 months, they survived with the sewage, mud, cold, and rats. The group grew intimately close; while they suffered together, they also kept hope alive as a group. Another Holocaust story that shows strength of the human character. Devastating trials can either bring out the very best in someone, or the very worst. It also shows the 'mob mentality' that took over much of Europe. Krystyna, in speaking of the German soldiers, said, "In a group, they were brutal and heartless. Alone, they could be curious and feeling and human."A very well written Memoir. I really heard her voice and was very drawn in. I loved that she went off her memory, but also the memories of others, as well as her father's unpublished memoirs. She was good to point out, on several occasions, "This is how I remember it, but this is how my father remembered it..." Even though she's a grown adult, writing her story many, many years later, I felt she did a great job of explaining the feel of her child outlook on things as they were happening. Kystyna's story is surely one that will stick with me the rest of my life.

  • Gary
    2019-04-24 08:01

    A gripping yet extremely harrowing true life story both heartbreaking and uplifting about Krystyna Chiger's life in hiding from the Nazis and Ukrainian anti-Semites, during the Holocaust. Chiger talks of her experiences before the war, of the Soviet occupation and oppression of her family in Lvov, and how the family lost their possessions at this time, followed by the even more diabolical rule of the Nazis. Chiger was 4 years old when Poland was divided between the Nazis and Soviets and 6 when the Nazis seized her home town of Lvov. From then on the Jews of Lvov were hounded and massacred. The author relates witnessing the mass murders of Jews by Ukrainian mobs and the sadistic reign of terror of the evil Jew-killer SS Obersturmfuhrer Joseph Gryzmek, the Nazi cruelty and Krystina witnessing her grandmother and little four year cousin Inka being brutally forced onto the Nazi trucks to take them to their deaths. She relates how her father Ignacy Chiger demonstrated a genius for survival and outwitted Gryzmek. The family narrowly escaped the Nazi roundup of the Jews of Lvov, and after the 150 000 Jews of Lvov were killed or transported Krystina and her family together with a handful of other Jews escaped into the fetid sewers where they lived in the hellish conditions of darkness and very little space, together with the stink, disease, worms and rats.The family and other Jewish were helped to survive by a Polish Catholic sewer inspector and former thief Leopold Socha, without whom they would certainly have perished.Chiger relates how she and her four year old brother Pawel managed to survive 14 months in this unimaginable existence in a harrowing and fascinating real life story of death, suffering and ultimately survival. One of the best Holocaust childhood memoirs you will read.The author explains how it is a testament to all the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust and to her own lost childhood.she also relates the family's resettlement in Israel after the war where there were so many holocaust survivors whose experiences remained unspoken.amazingly descriptive, poignant and penetrating.

  • Paul
    2019-04-22 10:00

    I first heard of this story having dinner with the author about 25 years ago. Her and her family were friends of some friends and we in Lake Tahoe at a rib house. Beef ribs. I remember everyone giving me a hard time because I left so much meat on my ribs and then to hear of her story I felt a little shamed. That was such a long time ago so when I heard of this book I had to know more of what her and her family endured. Having heard all the horrible things the Nazis did during the war I do not think I will ever get to a point where I can ever comprehend it. Ms. Chiger reveals things about how the Jews were treated beginning with the Ukrainians, Russians, Germans, and later living in the Lvov sewer for fourteen months that just same unfathomable. This book is a testament to first her father's intellect and resourcefulness, her mother's comforting and nurturing, and Leopold Socha and the other sewer worker's courage and compassion. Socha was motivated by personal redemption and soon became their guardian angel.

  • Kristine
    2019-04-01 14:08

    Reviewing a memoir is always hard. This is one person's perspective on their life so who am I to judge? I have an obsession with WWII history and historical books on the subject. I love them, all of them, even when they seem a bit long winded or dry. My personal opinion is that this book can lean towards the long winded or detailed end of things at times. However, as we move further from the time of Hitler we cannot discount any survivors story, and the history is in the details. I do wish the green sweater had been more involved in the book as it is in the title, but it was amazing to read the story behind an artifact I have also had the privilege of seeing in the museum. I loved the book, it was a fast read even with all the detail and important to see how some of Europe's Jews survived outside of the camps.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-11 09:13

    The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's ShadowThe Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow is a very well-written book. I did not want to put it down as the story was so intriguing. The families, in this book, lived through communist Russia and then they went through the Polish invasion by the Nazis. There are times when my heart wept for the suffering that was dealt onto the people by the Germans and the SS. Some of the things were loss of items, no food, hiding and so much more. Then they had to live in sewers to avoid capture, after they has escaped.I feel like stories like this are needed to help people realize the horrendous times people have gone through in the past. I recommend this book highly.

  • Lori Kaplan
    2019-03-29 08:55

    This book was an amazing true story of surviving the Holocaust... My son's girlfriends father is the co-author ghost writer of the book and he writes with such amazing detail and you feel as if you are there with the family during the war. I can't imagine how any of these survivors endured these horrible times in hiding and truly can never get enough of survivors stories... I recommend this book to everyone.. The Holocaust can never be forgotten and these stories of survivors ensure that it will never be forgotten!!!!!

  • Joanne
    2019-04-10 08:25

    How horrible to believe that humans could possibly treat other humans like this! I have read many books about the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust, but every time it just astonishes me that we can treat each other the way that these people were treated. This book is definitely a must-read and takes you to a place where you feel grateful that you never had to go through something this horrible, at least not my ancestors anyway.