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Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany Paperback – December 2, 2015
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Ludwika seems to be symbolic of how the rest of the world viewed the Nazi invasions and atrocities. She is naive and doesn't want to think about what is going on, concerned only with herself and how her family is faring. She listens to the news headlines, but doesn't want to read the papers to find out the rest of the story. That is, until it's too obvious to ignore any more, and she's thrust into the terror.
What makes the story tug on your heartstrings even more is that it's based off the life of a real person. You feel her pain. But she preservers. A good book about choices people make--good or bad--that affect the rest of their lives.
Lidwika's story is an iconic one: During World War II, Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, must go to Nazi Germany where she'll work for an SS officer. There, she's a second-class citizen in a world. Disaster and death are only a word away.
This woman's story of survival is unique, yet shows us what we risk to day if we close our eyes to what's happening in our own world.
Ludwika, one of approximately 12 million forced slave labourers during and shortly after WWII, contributing to the wealth of still existing companies like Siemens or the Deutsche Bank, for example; a beautiful, practical thinking young Polish woman. Beautiful as she was, she soon attracts the attention of an SS officer. During a time where it was essential for surviving to be rather invisible. Her father was MIA while the Polish troops were defeated and disarmed, leaving her with her mother, sister Stasia and daughter Irena to fend for themselves. They 'had to work the farm on their own now, which they did with dedication and a sense of duty for their family and country'. A long journey follows, at first being protected by a German SS officer, over wearing the "P" for Polish slave workers under German economic exploitation, finding love and losing loved ones, always following her sense of practicality and willing to sacrifice herself, never giving up. I don't want to give a summary of the book. Read for yourself. Ludwika, a young, innocent woman, trying to deal with what she sees. Christoph Fischer, a writer who has the emotional ability to process a woman's suffering. Well researched events. A story of ever-repeating suffering during wars. Suffering beyond comprehension. Witnessing atrocities and still, the will to survive. Kudos to Christoph Fischer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always enjoy historical fiction rooted in fact, especially when the story follows the life of a real person. Read more
I’ve read a fair number of World War II novels over the years and I would place Ludwika in the upper echelon of those books. Read morePublished 11 days ago by John Hazen
The author paints a picture of Ludwika and her struggles that is quietly heroic and believable. While fiction the story would seem to reflect accurately the times. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Fred Noll
I didn't like that she left her daughter behind. The book seemed very real.Published 25 days ago by Kathy Bierbaum
Romantic historical novel set in WWII Poland/Germany. Curiously written with many English clichés. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was written well to tie in someone's life with history and try to fill in the blanks. I truly enjoyed ready this bookPublished 1 month ago by Jo Van Horn
The story gives the reader a good idea of what life was like for those who were unfortunate to have experienced the terror of living in places under Nazi control.Published 1 month ago by Roland A. Scopa
The story and characters are interesting and kept me wondering how she was going to stay alive. I love that it has truth woven throughout the story to bring a testimony of that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheri