Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"This book reads like historical fiction, but is the true story of Barbara Reichmann (born Sura Gitla Gomolinska) who survived the Holocaust in Poland. Based in interviews with Barbara and her daughter (co-author Helen West), the narrative draws the reader in to the horrors of the time. Raised in a prominent Jewish family, Barbara takes on an alternative identity as a non-Jew in order to survive. Always staying one step ahead of the Nazis & neighbors who would give her up, Barbara’s story is one of resilience. " said.

"5 stars

This true story is well written and a real page turner. Although I grew up Jewish with Orthodox grandparents, I was really surprised at how much I didn't know about Jewish life and traditions at the time before WW2. It's a wonderful read about an incredibly strong person and an important history of what normal Jewish life was like before the Holocaust and the details of the terrors during. The afterword by the daughter, Helen, tells the often untold story of what life was like for the survivors after the War.
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"A marvel of storytelling, the moreso because it is true! How amazing that a young Jewish Polish girl was able to amass the courage to hide in the belly of the beast, taking a new identity and working in Germany as her homeland is invaded and the Jews sent to camps. We read this history, up close and personal, and it will widen the eyes of young girls everywhere as they watch Basha, threatened with uncertainty, bombs, betrayals, losses of all kinds, rape threats and indignities, find the determination to survive to tell the tale. It’s a beautifully written page-turner, and, I expect, it will make a wonderful movie." said.

" I really enjoyed this book. It was so different then any of the other real life WWII victim books I have read before. " said.

" The version I had was the audiobook.It was riveting.Do read/listen to this memoir. " said.

" Beautiful book of a courageous survivor. Loved her voice. The story was captivating and unexpected. " said.

" This is a gripping piece of non-fiction. Informative & well written. This is an excellent mid-range choice for introducing readers of all ages to a sad piece of history that we must hope we never repeat. " said.

" Although Price’s writing style isn’t particularly artful, the story of Barbara Reichmann’s survival in World War II is so compelling that it doesn’t need literary flourishes to be a page-turner. Suspenseful, astonishing, heart-breaking, and inspiring. " said.

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