Clara's War by Clara Kramer
One Girl's Story of Survival

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Clara Kramer has done the world a service by producing this book; it will be a valuable source for young people in particular who want to study the period, describing in detail the tedium and day-to-day difficulties of living in such cramped, unhealthy conditions for 18 months.
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“A superlative memoir of survival….Few wartime memoirs convey with such harrowing immediacy the evil of the Nazi genocide.”
Daily Telegraph (London)

 

“One Girl’s Story of Survival,” Clara’s War is based on Clara Kramer’s diary of her years spent hiding in an underground bunker with seventeen other people during the Nazi occupation of Poland. In the classic vein of The Diary of Anne Frank—a heart-wrenching and inspiring story of a life lived in fear and cramped quarters—Clara’s War is a true story of the Holocaust as told by a remarkable young girl who lived to bear witness.

 

About Clara Kramer

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Clara (Schwarz) Kramer and her family were among the approximately five thousand Jews in Zolkiew, Poland, before World War II. At the end of the war, she and her parents numbered among the approximately sixty who survived. Kramer has served as president of the Holocaust Resource Foundation at Kean University for the past two decades. She lives in New Jersey.
 
Published April 10, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 362 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 20 2009

Lucidly told with deeply etched personality sketches, thanks to the author’s use of her teenage diary, now in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Feb 02 2009

Her sister was sold out by a neighbor boy for a few liters of vodka. This vividly detailed and taut narrative is a fitting tribute to the bravery of victims and righteous gentiles alike.

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Reviewed by Ruth Price on Apr 01 2008

Clara Kramer has done the world a service by producing this book; it will be a valuable source for young people in particular who want to study the period, describing in detail the tedium and day-to-day difficulties of living in such cramped, unhealthy conditions for 18 months.

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Boston.com

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Reviewed by ALEC SOLOMITA on Jul 29 2009

“Clara’s War’’ doesn’t attempt to ponder the imponderable. “Clara’s War’’ is about Jews who hide the Torah when they themselves go into hiding and bring it back into the light when they can. It’s about getting on and trusting in God, not understanding.

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Reviewed by Claudia R. on Jul 13 2009

Beautifully written, heart wrenchingly honest, Clara’s War is a book for any reader interested in the shaping and growth of our world and the strength and perseverance of the people who carved the way for future generations.

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