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Ten Green Bottles: The True Story of One Family's Journey from War-torn Austria to the Ghettos of Shanghai Hardcover – October 14, 2004
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The story begins in the early 1920s in Vienna where a five year old Jewish girl, called Nini, begins to experience what it is to be the youngest of three sisters. It is written in Nini's voice and throughout the book you seem to live every moment of her life as if you were in her skin. You laugh, cry, feel and experience everything that happens to her as if it were happening to you, yet the book is non-fiction.
The story tells of her life in a growing family and the hardships of her mother in raising her children and carrying on their business after her father's death. As Nini grows into her teenage years, your senses are filled with the excitement of Vienna and the thrill of skiing in the mountains nearby. Then the Nazis come and everything changes.
As Jews are now considered vermin, they must flee the city or they will surely die. With the help of a gentile lawyer they are able to leave Vienna for Shanghai. On arriving in this no-man's land with almost no money, they find themselves in the middle of another war between China and Japan. Living in squalor and trying to survive, their life is made even more miserable. Japan, an ally of Germany, forces them and about 20,000 other Jews into a small ghetto with over 100,000 of the poorest Chinese. The story tells of their life and the life of the Jewish community as they try to make it through to the end of the war under the most deplorable conditions imaginable. They are eventually liberated by the Americans and stay until the Communist takeover in the late 1940s when they leave.Read more ›
Very engaging style and very informative - I learned things I had not known and considered things I knew differently. I'm off to find other biography dealing with Chinese bound European refugees.
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Interesting viewpoint of Shanghi in the 1940's. Told from the point of view of the daughter but it was actually her parents who lived through the worst of the war.Published 16 days ago by Nancy
I never knew about Jews escaping to Shanghai, and making lives there. That facet was interesting. The rest of the book didn't do it for me; the characters were not developed and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TinaM
Amazing story of courage. I am sorry that I did not know this history before visiting Shanghai.Published 1 month ago by H Hendrickson
This story really did catapult me into the time period, as it described vividly WWII Vienna and Shanghai. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sylvia B.