I’ve been LOVING Hoopla. It’s been so nice to be able to check out books and get them right away. One of my latest books I got from Hoopla was Lalechka by Amira Keidar. I like listening to books that I can learn something from. I saw something recently that Anne Curie said- We learn empathy from reading. She is so right. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to it. I love learning.
The book showed a new perspective to my Holocaust reading. I had not read the experience of a child born during the war. It was so sad…not in a graphic brutal way with descriptions of people being tortured. Instead it was so sad. This little baby was tossed from person to person to orphanage to person to orphanage. Even when the promise of being able to leave and go to Palestine finally happened, it still was a terrible disappointment. Being I’m a childcare provider, I think this was especially a hard read for me as I can see the tragedy in Lalechka’s life as she missed so much early social and emotional support as well as early education.
I so applaud Zippa’s friends who did all they could to help her daughter. The courage of Irena and Sophia to do all they could for Lalechka was something to admire!
Here is what Amazon has to say:“It’s a warm and muggy Saturday night in August of 1942. The Nazis are liquidating the ghetto of Shedlitz, an industrial town east of Warsaw, Poland. Zippa, a 27-year-old Jewish woman, finds temporary shelter in a small attic, together with her baby daughter and a hundred frightened Jews. When the Nazi noose is tightened around her neck, Zippa asks her husband Jacob, a Jewish policeman in the ghetto, to save their little girl from certain death. The young father manages to smuggle his wife and daughter to the gentile part of town, where Zippa’s childhood girlfriends Sophia and Irena reside.
This is the real story of one Jewish family confronted by the terror of Nazi rule. The book follows Lalechka, the little girl born into the chaos of war and holocaust and forced to struggle with the reversals of fortune that led her each time into foreign and terrifying regions. But, beyond that, it is the story of the true friendship of three girls in early 20th Century Poland, a friendship that won’t cower before government dictates. An astonishing manifestation of loyalty and courage.
This is Amira Keidar’s first novel, based on the journal written by the young mother during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents and authentic letters.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.7 stars. I liked the book but I think I’d give the book 4.3 stars.
This book is available from free is you are a KindleUnlimited user.