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By Lucyna B. Radlo

This vibrant memoir describes the author's stories as younger woman in Poland, compelled to escape to Warsaw after the Nazi bombing of Brest on the outbreak of worldwide battle II. She recounts the realities of lifestyles in occupied Poland, together with the arrest via the Gestapo of her father and his demise quickly after in Auschwitz, the family's participation within the black marketplace and the Warsaw rebellion, and her seize and incarceration together with her mom in a compelled hard work camp. as soon as published from the camp, they joined their Russian relations in Austria basically to quick depart with them to prevent forthcoming Soviet forces, experiencing a month-long, usually comical trip on an ox-driven cart again to the U.S. region of Germany.

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Meanwhile, France itself was subjected to a blitzkrieg. The declaration of war initially found France relatively calm. The American ambassador reported that mobilization for war was carried out in absolute quiet. The men left in silence. There were no bands, no songs. ’ as in 1914. There was no hysterical weeping of mothers and sisters and children. 4 There was no premonition of the disaster to come. To everyone’s surprise, the French forces were rapidly routed. The technological superiority of the Germans and, more importantly, their superior tactics dealt France a crushing blow.

Most of the others perished in the gas ovens, but a large proportion also died from disease, hard work, lack of food, and inadequate shelter. Resistance in Western Europe Civilians trapped in the occupied countries were often unsure of how to respond to their predicament. Many turned a blind eye to the atrocious activities of the occupiers, but the majority of men and women felt confused, demoralized, and unsure how they were expected to act. With astonishing speed, they became hardened to violence.

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