The Journey by Ida Fink

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In the autumn of 1942, two young Polish women flee the ghetto and embark on a journey into the heart of enemy territory, working as hired laborers in the factories, farms, and villages of wartime Germany.
 

About Ida Fink

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Ida Fink was born January 11, 1921, in Zbaraz, Poland, now part of Ukraine. She attended the High School of Music in Lwow, Poland, from 1938-41 but was forced to live in hiding through much of World War II. She emmigrated to Israel in 1957 and began her work at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum, recording the memories and experiences of other Jewish survivors. Fink worked as a librarian from 1972-82. Fink delayed her writing for more than 10 years after the Holocaust in order to achieve the emotional distance that would allow her to write in the proper voice. She recounts the genocide of her people in A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (1987), a semiautobiographical collection consisting of 22 stories and a short play first published in Hebrew translation as Pisat zman, Massada (1975). Other titles include Stot, a one-act play that was produced for Israeli radio in 1970 and German television in Germany in 1981; Slady, a radio play, in 1986; and Podroz, a novel, in 1990. She received the Anne Frank Prize for Literature in 1985, and Prix Litteraire Wizo, 1990, both for A Scrap of Time. Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
 
Published July 1, 1992 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 249 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Perhaps.'' Eventually, they're sent to a factory in the Ruhr valley, where, in horrible conditions, Katarzyna, looking over the group of gentile coworkers, wistfully hopes that ``our common fate will unite us.'' But hatred is rooted too deep.

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With this deeply moving, masterfully controlled novel, Fink, a Jewish writer who was born in Poland in 1921, continues her exploration of survival during the Holocaust (begun in the story collection A

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Publishers Weekly

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With this utterly chilling novel, Fink continues her exploration of survival during the Holocaust, following two Jewish sisters who escape a Polish ghetto and work their way through Germany posing as Christians.

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With this deeply moving, masterfully controlled novel, Fink, a Jewish writer who was born in Poland in 1921, continues her exploration of survival during the Holocaust (begun in the story collection A Scrap of Time ).

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This, the blurb tells us, is Fink's own story.

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