The Girl in the Green Sweater
A Life in Holocaust's Shadow
Krystyna Chiger & Daniel Paisner
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True story from the major motion picture "In Darkness," official 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, shares one of the most intimate, harrowing and ultimately triumphant tales of survival to emerge from the Holocaust. The Girl in the Green Sweater is Chiger's harrowing first-person account of the fourteen months she spent with her family in the fetid, underground sewers of Lvov.
The Girl in the Green Sweater is also the story of Leopold Socha, the group's unlikely savior. A Polish Catholic and former thief, Socha risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food, medicine, and supplies. A moving memoir of a desperate escape and life under unimaginable circumstances, The Girl in the Green Sweater is ultimately a tale of intimate survival, friendship, and redemption.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Girl in the Green Sweater
While this is a rather unusual story line, that of a family spending over a year living in a sewer, viewed from the eyes of young girl, it reads quite well. Actually, the book is riveting in several areas. The interesting thing about these autobiographical holocaust books is, that you know that the author survives the atrocities. They live to write the book. However, on the journey, you do not know how many of the family and friends make it. This young girl clad in a green sweater, knitted for her by her grandmother, looses key members of her small clan. They moved to the underground world to escape the final sweep of the Jewish ghetto that they had been living in. As they were slipping down a secret hole into the city sewer system that they would call home, Nazi trucks were moving overhead capturing the last of the ghetto members and taking them to the extermination camps. The plan to move underground could have been short sighted for the daily need for food and supplies was crucial for the groups survival. How to obtain these needs ment to send someone "above" every few days foraging for needs and risking giving up their position.
One day a unbelievable thing happened, they saw a lantern light while walking through one of the tunnels, and they knew that their light was seen by the holder of the other light. They figured that the Germans were searching the sewers for Jews that were hiding there. It just so happened that the lantern belonged to a couple men that were sewer employees. They befriended the Jews and were their lifeline for the next year. The were to continually supply them with food, heat and light supplies, and other day to day needs.The bond that developed between the Jews and the sewer employee became a central theme in the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a real feel as to the plight of the Jews in the WW lI era. It read real, it read compelling, and with feeling as only someone that lived throughout the hell of Hitlers Germany could write it. I have read several of these type books, I rate this as a " must read".
The Girl in the Green Sweater
Wonderful story-telling. The author did a magnificent job! I have read quite a few Holocaust books, and this may quite simply be one of the best!
The green sweater
Excellent book. I still struggle with people who believe this atrocity never happened. It makes me want to put them in similar conditions the Jewisjh people endured. Then I remember they survived to make the world a better place and not to repeat the horrors of the day. Then I practice forgiveness as hard as it is to do. Yet I still practice the thought. Great book