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Into No Man's Land [Kindle Edition]

Irene Miller , Jamie Wraight
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The touching story of Irene and her family trying to escape the horrors of Holocaust to end up in a frozen field of the no man's land, in a Siberian labor camp, in an impoverished village in Uzbekistan. starving. It is a story of courage, determination, perseverance and the power of the human spirit. Irene spent 8 years of her life in orphanages, but this did not destroy her dreams and desire to live live a full and rich life.

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  • File Size: 2103 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan-Dearborn (October 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FXYN082
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling & eye-opening November 26, 2012
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A compelling read. This book is a real page-turner, and I could not put it down. Narrated from a young girl's perspective, it brings to life an often-ignored chapter of Holocaust history. I recommend it as a valuable addition to the library of any reader, educator, or institution interested in historical literature, Holocaust history, memoir/personal narrative, anthropology or empowerment coaching. Written in a lively personal style, with illuminating details, it is highly accessible, educational, and fascinating.

Irene vividly tells the story of her own and her family's unique experiences during World War II. As Warsaw, Poland, comes under siege, the family tries to flee to the Soviet Union for safety. They find themselves stranded in a frozen no-man's land between the two countries, robbed of their valuables, and without food or shelter in the middle of winter. From this point forward, the family encounters and overcomes unimaginable physical and mental challenges, for years on end. They are placed in inhospitable and poverty-stricken locations, and are separated from one another by distance, illness, and death.

The real success of this book is in the way it manages to be so enjoyable and readable while describing such grim events. I'd love to see this book made into a movie. The story pulls the reader along enthusiastically. It refuses to avert its eyes from harsh realities, yet consistently delivers equally real sparks of joy, hope and humor. It's also an inspiring story of perseverance and triumph over circumstance, as despite her extreme childhood challenges, Irene becomes a celebrated student and rises to the top of her career later in life. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 29, 2012
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I had the opportunity to listen to Irene Miller speak during an event at the Holocaust museum and when she told the group she had a book coming out I searced every day until I found it. The book is amazing and after listening to her speak the book is such a treasure to me. This book is very well written. I base all of my entertainment on how many emotions are stired while taking place. This book reached them all; I cried, I laughed, I was sad, angry, happy, hurt, I felt love and hatred, and most of all I learned. Irene Miller is an amazing author and an even more amazing woman! I highly reccomend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read October 23, 2012
"Into No Man's Land: a Historical Memoir" brings out the images, sounds, smells - and even tastes - of a world most of us do not know. What was it like to be a Jewish child in a sophisticated home in Warsaw, Poland in the late 30's, and then part of a family trying to escape the worst of WW II only to find themselves in a Siberian labor camp and in an impoverished village in Uzbekistan in the 40's? How does a child living eight years in orphanages develop her creativity, spontaneity and joy of living? How does a writer remember and capture some of the details of those experiences as a child, and then as a teenager that has lived in postwar Eastern Europe, Israel and finally in the United States? Irene Miller is able to describe her exuberance, curiosity and creativity in the midst of struggles and constraints in a way that will engage readers and expand their thinking, knowledge and appreciation of their own lives today. This is a story of courage, perseverance, determination, and the power of the human spirit to flourish in difficulty. It is a story of growth and change, told honestly and lyrically. It is a good read!"

Harriet Saperstein, Urban Consultant
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable tale November 28, 2012
I'm fourteen years old, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a story about the time before me.
I just finished reading "Into No Man's Land" and That was a shockingly powerful book. I started off hesitantly, but then the book began taking form and shaping into more of a story. I enjoy stories as opposed to simple fact-based records, because stories integrate emotions, which are the main thing that snares me into a book. I loved the vivid imagery and sharp detail. Irene covered everything, from the clothing to the smells. I particularly enjoyed the format, where it was as if she was actually telling her daughter a story in a conversation. It was a unique way of telling the story. And I felt as though I was there. I felt the claustrophobia and panic and fear along with Irene. At one point while reading the book, I touched my face and ears, which were warm from the intensity of the emotions being spurred in me. My heartbeat was rapid. I couldn't put down the book--yesterday I was reading it late into the night by the light of my lamp, silently turning the pages so that my mom wouldn't hear.
To be perfectly honest, I relished this book. Irene Miller is a terrific storyteller. Her words are branded into my head; I will remember her story forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story October 23, 2012
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This is a great story from a unique perspective about the a small girl trying to stay alive (with her family) and build her life again, very emotional. highly recommended !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read April 19, 2014
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I must have read hundreds of books on the war and holocaust, this is another gem. Easy to read, the storyline draws you in and provides a different aspect of ethnic cleansing in Europe. Wastelands near the borders with refugees fleeing into a no mans land from where they disappear. The story told from a child's perspective is fascinating
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A different type of holocaust experience
not the usual experience often told in holocaust books. very good and a very strong lady who deserves much praise for what she has accomplished.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
I find stories such as Irene's fascinating and very compelling reading. Irene had many reasons to feel lost, abused and alone in the horrible realities of her life, but it is so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johnnygogo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive
Insightful from a personal perspective and an actual life experience that few people have had and demonstrated what can be accomplished over adversity.
Published 6 months ago by Tom Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Character And Courage Of Irene Miller
I am an avid reader as well as a writer myself. This was one of the touching books which I have read in recent years. Ms. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James T. Neumann
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written Memoir, Unique
Riveting and compelling. I know the author, but had no idea about her unique story, or her ability to craft such a fantastic memoir. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Published 8 months ago by KLGA
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Moving and Touching Story
I had the pleasure of being referred by a good friend to read this book. After reading many books regarding the Holocaust this one made me feel as if I was almost right there. Read more
Published 10 months ago by claudia wirick
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down
This was a seldom told story of a young girl and her family who escaped interment by the nazis in a concentration camp but suffered a long journey which led to Siberia, separation... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thomas E. Langelier
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