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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1519539118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1519539113
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R3 on January 4, 2016
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WWII novels evoke a lot of emotions, regardless of what perspective the author is writing from. This book is no exception. It's about a young woman (non-Jewish) named Ludwika who makes a difficult decision to leave Poland and go to Germany with a Nazi officer. She leaves her daughter behind, but hopes her leaving means her family will continue to be safe and taken care of.

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.
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"Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle to Survive in Nazi Germany" is an historically based novel of struggle and courage by Cristoph Fischer. although I can't determine if this book is more "faction" (fact-based fiction) or more pure fiction, it's a corker. And it is particularly important to read now, as the developed world decides how to treat refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. In a climpate much like that of the late 1930s, when Hitler mixed his mad brew of horror and prejudice, books that personalize the plight of individuals when last the world went made are important to us as human beings.
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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.

Five stars.
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Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer starts with an introduction to the story’s protagonist, Ludwika Gierz, a 4 foot-ten inches, 22 year-old, beautiful Polish woman with piercing blue eyes. Children like her because of her friendly disposition. She has a 5 year-old daughter Irena from a non-marital relationship she had years ago, after which the father of the child left town. The well-written prose starts with subtle undertones of what lies on the horizon and we know there will be danger: the German invasion and fleeing of the townspeople, including Ludwika’s father, who disappeared with the retreat of troops; and the fact that Ludwika’s looks, her beauty, was once an asset but now is a liability as it attracts brutish German soldiers. It is a time of war with Hitler’s regime moving in and taking over, which establishes the story’s tension and conflict. In her town in Poland, Ludwika works her farm with her younger sister and mother. Siblings are mentioned, including her brother Franz who drowned in a river 2 years earlier, the memory still raw and painful. The story is off to a good start as we care about the protagonist and sense the danger that’s been alluded to. The story progresses and Ludwika encounters a Nazi soldier on the road who becomes attracted to her and protective of her, granting her rights others do not have. As Jews are being hauled off and the elderly assassinated, Ludwika is learning German from the translator that her “Nazi friend” has enlisted to help him. There’s now enough conflict in the story to propel it forward in this horrific time in history where madness prevailed.Read more ›
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I’m a big fan of Christoph Fischer. I’ve read many of his books and loved every one, but I think Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany is his best yet. Fischer’s masterful writing and keen knowledge of the time period sets the tone for a riveting story. The dynamic characters and emotional intensity kept me spellbound. I empathized with the young Polish woman who lost so much and suffered at the hands of the Nazis. This is a must read. I highly recommend it.
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Heart still pounding, where do I start? I have already read The Luck of the Weissensteiners' and 'The Black Eagle Inn' as well as 'Sebastian'. Christoph Fischer fascinates me, not only by his very exact and meticulous research but also by his sense for the intensity and multidimensionality of women's suffering; women's experienced emotions while sacrificing themselves for their family and children.
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.
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