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  1. Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival
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  2. Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival

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“A superlative memoir of survival….Few wartime memoirs convey with such harrowing immediacy the evil of the Nazi genocide.”
Daily Telegraph (London)

 

“One Girl’s Story of Survival,” Clara’s War is based on Clara Kramer’s diary of her years spent hiding in an underground bunker with seventeen other people during the Nazi occupation of Poland. In the classic vein of The Diary of Anne Frank—a heart-wrenching and inspiring story of a life lived in fear and cramped quarters—Clara’s War is a true story of the Holocaust as told by a remarkable young girl who lived to bear witness.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9780061728617
Edition
1
IsAdultProduct
ISBN
0061728616
Label
Ecco
Manufacturer
Ecco
MPN
Illustrated
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
368
PartNumber
Illustrated
PublicationDate
2010-04-20
Publisher
Ecco
ReleaseDate
2010-04-20
Studio
Ecco
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Here I sit, tears in my eyes, having closed "Clara's War", which I have lived with her these past two days. Zolkiew, Poland, 1941: Surviving with 17 fellow Jews for an incredible 18 months in a shallow dirt bunker under the floor of the paradoxically deeply flawed, yet saintly, Beck, she is urged by her mother, "Write, Clara, write!" And write she did, filling three notebooks with the harrowing, incredible account, and the moments of happiness of their lives during WWII.

Now at 81, having spent her life in teaching and speaking, she has written this book, which fleshes out the diary which she wrote as a child. She brings her vivid memory of those terrible days together with skillful writing and her journal (now preserved and displayed in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.) to create this book. It is difficult to fathom or relate to the events and conditions of their life in the narrow cellar, yet "Clara's War" brings these events and conditions, otherwise... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Here's the summary: "A teenage Jewish girl writes a diary while hiding with her family and two others from the Nazis in a crowded bunker during World War Two."

Yes, that is the same basic plot as the book that other famous WWII diarist wrote.

So why read "Clara's War"?

Because, other than that basic similarity, these are two very different books.

This book made me even angrier than that more famous diary, and made me cry more than once.

And this book, unlike that other, is really an unbelievably heart-wrenching love story... though you don't realize that until the end.

Clara Schwarz is a quiet, introspective 14 year old living with her parents and rambunctious younger sister in an idyllic Polish town where Jews and Christians have lived in harmony for three centuries. Although pogroms and other persecution have happened other places in Poland over the years, Zolkiew has been spared all of this because it was deemed so... Read more
This is a stunning, moving, heart-wrenching, brutal glimpse into Clara Schwarz Kramer's life. Kramer gives poignant examples of great kindness and devastating examples of great cruelty. This is Anne Frank's diary ratcheted up about three notches as far as cramped living, human fraility and man's inhumanity to man. The family tree is essential for keeping track of who is who, and the line diagram is a start at picturing just how small a space was shared. I cannot understand why the book does not include a more detailed sketch of the living space (maybe a side view instead of just an outline) and I was really, REALLY wanting to see photographs of the people and places mentioned. (8/09 update: A reader has told me the version she read DID have photographs. I'm so glad to know that! I increased my rating to 5 stars.)
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