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Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival

This heart-stopping story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis is based on Clara Kramer's diary of her years surviving in an underground bunker with seventeen other people. Clara Kramer was a typical Polish-Jewish teenager from a small town at the outbreak of the Second World War. When the Germans invaded, Clara's family was taken in by the Becks, a Volksdeutsche (ethnically German) family from their town. Mrs. Beck worked as Clara's family's housekeeper. Mr. Beck was known to be an alcoholic, a womanizer, and a vocal anti-Semite. But on hearing that Jewish families were being led into the woods and shot, Beck sheltered the Kramers and two other Jewish families. Eighteen people in all lived in a bunker dug out of the Becks' basement. Fifteen-year-old Clara kept a diary during the twenty terrifying months she spent in hiding, writing down details of their unpredictable lifefrom the house's catching fire to Mr. Beck's affair with Clara's neighbor; from the nightly SS drinking sessions in the room above to the small pleasure of a shared Christmas carp. Against all odds, Clara lived to tell her story, and her diary is now part of the permanent col-lection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. ...

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Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival Reviews

  • Benjamin Stahl

    The best stories and movies about the holocaust - what was arguably the most tragic occurence ever to darken the history of mankind - are the ones that don't so much focus on the terror and suffering that the Jewish people went through, but instead seem to highlight the strength and courage that these dark days summoned up in so many people, as they stuck together and supported each other, never losing hope that things would eventually be alright again.

    That's what makes this true story such an
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  • Katia Silva

    "O privilégio de sobreviver traz consigo a responsabilidade de partilhar a história daqueles que não sobreviveram." p.11

    "«Quando esta guerra acabar, apenas as korhony, as valas comuns, testemunharão que em tempos houve aqui um povo.»" p.41

    "Enquanto os Nazis e as SS se vangloriavam da sua coragem, por detrás das metralhadoras que apontavam aos desarmados e aos indefesos, não faziam ideia da verdadeira coragem que se manifestava à sua volta, enquanto família após família fazia as suas despedias si
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  • Laura

    This is one of those books that I hesitate to rate. I mean, the author, is just telling what happened to her and her side of the Holocaust and WWII. I was thinking about doing a discussion post and even started writing one, but then I couldn't think of anything to say. I mean, all I could think of was 'the Holocaust was bad' and 'this book definitely portrays that'. Which isn't much of a discussion post at all. So I've resigned myself to a review in the hopes I can emphasize enough that no matte ...more

  • Amy

    I have read a lot of books about the Holocaust. A lot. Never before have a heard a story quite like Clara Kramer's. Based on the location of her hometown, WWII seems to have hit her home at a different time and with a different pace than the rest of Eastern Europe. There was very little conversation in this book, but it was never dry or dull. I was always fully engaged in his story. If you want a different perspective on surviving the Holocaust, family, and post-WWII life, read this book. Her st ...more

  • Serena | TheBookUnicorns

    This was, as all holocaust stories are, a very sad book. So many lives cut short, and so much hatred and cold-blooded killing. The fact that this was real makes it so much harder.

    Clara's War follows the life of a Polish Jewish teenager, Clara Schwarz (now Kramer), during the Holocaust. She survives with her family because of the bravery and generosity of the Becks, a family who hid them during the course of the war in a bunker underneath their house. During this, Clara records everything in her
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  • Susanne Behrens

    I was profoundly touched by this book. I could not put it down. I wonder if I could find the strength needed to survive under the conditions Clara and her family had to live. I do not know how her parents and the other parents could go on with the tremendous personal losses they suffered. I highly recommend this book.

  • Digna Cassens

    A real life horror from a child’s experience

    This book was absorbing, sad and most horrible, true. Each character comes alive and the terrors suffered became real while reading it.

  • Jeff

    A piece that can stand with other great holocaust literature. Clara describes her life and Polish town a bit before Sept. 1, 1939, but most of the book describes her Jewish family's struggle to survive for the next 6 years. Some members of her family and neighbors end up spending nearly 2 years below the floor of a house. Clara records much of what is going on during this time in a diary, which is the basis for the book. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of "day XX, same as day YY," kind of ...more