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“If I survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In WW2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.

The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas chambers, and World War II. The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Hitler’s Final Solution to murder all of European Jewry was put into action. Lena kept thinking, “It’s my turn next.” As some Jews escaped Treblinka and exposed it as being a death camp not a labour camp, young men and women in the ghetto decided to make a stand.

Lena helped in the resistance which became the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering light bulbs from empty houses which could be used for Molotov cocktails. By a miracle, she escaped the ghetto before it became an inferno. But where could she hide? When it was over and she could walk free, the tears she had held back flooded out because she was all alone and there was no one to care that she had survived and no one to go to.

Author Barbara Miller adds to Holocaust history and WW2 German history by skillfully weaving her research with Lena’s diary and interviews to bring her WW2 biography to life. Lena helped her companions in hiding to survive with her humor and compassion. She turned 100 in January 2019, and her miraculous story of survival against the odds will inspire you to not give up, no matter how dark the time or difficult the situation or cruel the people around you.

©2019 Barbara Miller (P)2020 Barbara Miller

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