Claiming My Place
Coming of Age in the Shadow of the HolocaustBook - 2018
Meet Gucia Gomolinska: smart, determined, independent, and steadfast in the face of injustice. Growing up in Poland in the 1920s and '30s, Gucia studies hard, makes friends, falls in love, and dreams of a bright future. Her world is turned upside down when Nazis descend upon Poland, establishing in her town of Piotrkow Trybunalski the first Jewish ghetto of World War II. As the war escalates, Gucia watches friends and neighbors lose their livelihoods, their dignity, their lives. She knows her blond hair and fair skin give her an advantage, and eventually she faces a harrowing choice: to risk the uncertain horrors of deportation to a concentration camp or the certain death if she were caught resisting. She decides to assume a false identity as a gentile. Gucia changes her name to Danuta Barbara Tanska, nicknamed Basia, and leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known. If she succeeds she will remain free; but if she fails she will perish.
Publisher: New York, New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, ©2018.
Characteristics: xvi, 250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.
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