From Publishers Weekly
Hours before she was deported to the concentration camp where she was murdered, the author's mother begged him to survive "to tell the world what the Nazis did to us." With his simple, affecting memoir, the former Newsweek photographer who grew up in Radom, Poland, summons up faces from the grave. When impoverished peasants steal his pious grandmother's table in those innocent days before the war, she gifts the apprehended thieves with food--and the table; years later, the Nazis shoot and kill her as she recovers from a stroke in the ghetto hospital. Sexually assaulted, the milk woman's teenage daughter, Masha, becomes a deaf-mute, and a physician, a rabbi and a witch doctor fail to cure her; forced to clean the ghetto of the dead after a deportation, Gotfryd discovers Masha's corpse in the rubble. Those who perish also include Gotfryd's father, who tries to pass a forbidden egg to his son in a labor camp; the father gets a beating and the egg falls wasted to the ground; a beautiful gentile activist in the Polish underground who captures Gotfryd's heart as she endangers his life; and his brother's friend Leon, who is crushed when he learns that his favorite cousin is a prostitute for SS guards and kapos. A meaningful, earnest addition to Holocaust literature. Portions appeared previously in Midstream .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-- This remarkable collection of true stories gathered from the anguished memory of the author's years as a Jewish youth in wartime Poland offers a painful array of memorials. Gotfryd's extraordinary experiences span a spectrum of individuals from Resistance fighters and SS sympathizers to the inevitable children and families to whom he dedicates his book. This collection is noteworthy for its clear, uncluttered writing style that allows the poignancy of the individuals' own stories to assault readers page after page.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.