Lalechka

Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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It's a warm and muggy Saturday night in August of 1942. The Nazis are liquidating the ghetto of Shedlitz, an industrial town east of Warsaw, Poland. Zippa, a 27-year-old Jewish woman, finds temporary shelter in a small attic, together with her baby daughter and 100 frightened Jews.

When the Nazi noose is tightened around her neck, Zippa asks her husband Jacob, a Jewish policeman in the ghetto, to save their little girl from certain death. The young father manages to smuggle his wife and daughter to the gentile part of town, where Zippa's childhood girlfriends Sophia and Irena reside.

This is the real story of one Jewish family confronted by the terror of Nazi rule. The book follows Lalechka, the little girl born into the chaos of war and holocaust and forced to struggle with the reversals of fortune that led her each time into foreign and terrifying regions. But, beyond that, it is the story of the true friendship of three girls in early 20th-century Poland, a friendship that won't cower before government dictates.

©2015 Amira Keidar (P)2017 Tantor

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Incredible story

First off, the narrator is wonderful. Elizabeth Wiley. I have listened to her before. This was a beautiful yet tragic story of three girls in a close friendship in their youth, growing up but never apart. Despite the Holocaust turning their world's upside down, they persevered and stayed friends. And better yet, they included a new little life in their circle of friendship.

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Very personal and candid story

Thank you for bringing this story to print and audio. It was well written and created a place in my heart as though I knew the individuals. This tells the story with compassion of one family and circle of loyal friends willing to risk everything to save a little girl from what would have been sure death. With so many stories like this that have gone untold or lost due to horrific wartime circumstances, this account is a genuine true story of love in a time of so much hate.

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love it

i couldnt stop listening i very much enjoyed every page of this book, great read!

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it was captivating!

it was amazing but hard to follow towards the end and some of the words were hard to understand but all in all it was amazing.

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This book should be labeled as historical fiction

This book was written based on real people, but all the conversations were made up. At one point the author makes the absurd claim that Jewish residents expected Wehrmacht soldiers to protect them against the Polish population. This was the first time I have ever heard this claim made in dozens of memoirs I have listened to or read. As such, it should be labeled as historical fiction. There are many better true accounts of Poland in WW2, such as The Ice Road, which covers the horrors of the Russian ruled areas.

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Good history,story line short.

While the basis of this book is from true events, the story is not very in depth about WWII itself. It does open a window to the Ghetto events and she struggles of orphan children after the war. The story lacks depth and jumps to the end quickly. Many chapters were over-acted and some modern day terms are accidentally used making part inauthentic. Example: "Some day I will find a guy" etc. overall a good book. but I would not listen again.

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Totally lly not worth the credit i wasted on this.

this book Stunk !. .!do not get it..readers were not good either. I was so disappointed.

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