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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Francine Prose Translator. Madeline G. Levine Translation. These shattering stories describe the lives of ordinary people as they are compelled to do the unimaginable. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 26, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: holocaust-literature.

These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bells tolling us all to hell. I'll give you one example. In "The Key Game" there's a couple and their three year old boy. They finish dinner, it's late, 10 at night, but before the boy goes to bed he has to play the Key Game. They have been playing it every night for two weeks and the boy still hasn't got it right. The problem is not the boy, it's the father who just isn't quick enough.

The game starts. The mother calls out These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bells tolling us all to hell. The mother calls out "Ding dong! That's all she has to do. The boy jumps up and runs to the door. And then, "Just a minute, I have to find the keys.

He pulls out drawers, slams doors and yells "Just a minute, I can't find them, I don't know where Mummy put them! In a minute or so, the father reappears from the bathroom. He says "I still need more time, he has to look for them longer. I slip in sideways And he's got to stamp his feet louder. You know that if someone should ring the doorbell one day when Mummy is at work, everything will depend on you?

And what do you say when they ask where your parents are? View all 3 comments. Jan 03, Jaksen rated it it was amazing. Powerful book. A series of short stories based on actual events, that is, the event gave rise to the story, but the author, Ida Fink, never names names. She wanted to preserve the privacy of these individuals.

However, when I first asked him Powerful book. However, when I first asked him 'what he did' during the war, he said he served ice cream to German POWS in a prison camp. Later he had a story about killing one of the royal swans in London to eat because he was tired of K-rations. He had no idea all the swans in England belong to the ruling king or queen.

Or he was an MP and patrolled streets in some little European town or city. He sugar-coated what he did, where he was posted, what he saw. But when the TV series 'Holocaust' was aired, he told my younger sister a few things including this: when she asked if the concentration camps were as bad as depicted on TV, he said 'they were worse.

I didn't want to read any more Holocaust books. Then I saw this slim volume and changed my mind. Of course Holocaust literature is almost always very powerful, harrowing, poignant, terrifying.

The stories in this volume are all that and more. Most are very short and feature people at the end of their lives - or their wife's life, their parents, their small children. But who saw these events? Who lived to tell the truth that became these stories?

In most cases, non-Jewish Poles, though some were witnessed by Jews who survived. Could the owner have done something to save the young woman? Or a man and his wife and their young daughter walking to the town center, a place in many Polish towns where hundreds - thousands - of Jews met their death.

They know what they are walking toward; they have no choice. A last-second opportunity is given to save their child - do they take it? Stories of people in hiding, lying in cramped quarters for days on end to the point they can barely walk when at last they emerge. Or the story of a young woman, a survivor, who meets an American near the end of the war. He professes to love her but wants her to keep her 'Ayran,' or 'non-Jewish-sounding name' a secret. He's a rescuer - why does he want her to conceal who she really is?

The story of a young man, who when ordered to bring his elderly teacher to the town center, has to lie to entice her there. How does he go on after that? And there's the fairly well-known story of a little boy, who when he hears a certain knock on the door, has been trained to forestall those on the other side of the door by rushing about, looking for the key to the door. He needs to do this long enough in order to give his father time to hide.

To know these all originated in real events - and to also realize that there are hundreds of thousand of other stories we will never know - is absolutely heart-breaking. Five stars, nothing else. View 2 comments. Jan 25, Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , holocaust , world-war This book is stunning. It is a slim volume of short stories set in Poland during the Holocaust and are slices of that experience that the author and others shared.

They are not long stories and were finely written and unusual. They don't come out in your face and say "Holocaust in Poland" but break your heart nonetheless with people knowing what is coming and facing it such as a family with a preschooler who is prepared to answer the door to Nazis and give his dad time to hide, telling the Nazis This book is stunning.

They don't come out in your face and say "Holocaust in Poland" but break your heart nonetheless with people knowing what is coming and facing it such as a family with a preschooler who is prepared to answer the door to Nazis and give his dad time to hide, telling the Nazis that his daddy is dead, and an old woman who ran off two young Jewish lovers from her garden only for them to be slaughtered by Nazi guns.

If you are like me and can't bear to read about bad things happening to dogs, don't read the Dog story. This is a very fine thought-provoking collection of stories. I wept over them. View 1 comment. Jan 06, Antof9 rated it liked it Shelves: jewish , upsetting , made-me-cry , read. Wow -- this book was very heavy. Of course, I expected that, but oh! Maybe because it covered so many scenarios? Each of them painful.

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These tightly focused stories of Jewish life in Nazi-occupied Poland should be be remembered, as vital historical witness and as great literature. She wanted to be a pianist, and was studying at the Lvov Conservatory when Germany invaded Poland in They spent the rest of the war hiding in plain sight as foreign workers in Nazi Germany. Fink immigrated to Israel in the 50s, where she began to write fiction based on her experiences of the Holocaust. One group returned home.

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