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We Were the Lucky Ones

de Georgia Hunter

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""Reading Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history. A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment."--Paula McLain, New York Timesbestselling author of The Paris Wife. An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite. It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows ever closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurc family will be flung to the far corners of the earth, each desperately trying to chart his or her own path toward safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death by working endless hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an extraordinary will to survive and by the fear that they may never see each other again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. In a novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spans five continents and six years and transports readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Krakow's most brutal prison and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the capacity of the human spirit to endure in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment"--… (més)
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WWII-- The Kurcs are swallowed up by the Holocaust. They are spread all across the world but manage to survive. ( )
  bgknighton | May 23, 2020 |
did not finish
  jtlauderdale | Apr 20, 2020 |
Heart wrenching. Based on the horrifying struggle of author's family in Poland during WWII. Sometimes difficult to read - but an amazing story in the end. Don't miss the author's notes at the end of the book - it speaks volumes! ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
This was an absolutely stunning read. This is based on the lives of the author's family (Jews) as they navigate the Holocaust. The family is large and each member has a different experience (labour camps, pretending to be Aryan/Christian, escaping and looking for refugee status in other countries, etc.). Though scary, heartbreaking, and often difficult to read, I had a hard time putting it down. This is one of my favourite reads of the year. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
I have read a number of WWII/Holocaust books, but I’ve never read a story like this. I was invested from the start and caught myself laughing, crying, praying, and holding my breath with the characters until the very end. This unbelievable true story should be read by anyone who values family, strength, perseverance, and determination. I never thought a book on the holocaust would make me so happy and filled with hope, but here we are. The authors family was truly lucky. ( )
  DrClaw2019 | Dec 8, 2019 |
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By the end of the Holocaust, 90 percent of Poland's three million Jews were annihilated; of the more than thirty thousand Jews who lived in Radom, fewer than three hundred survived.
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To my husband, Robert Farinholt, with all of my heart. And to my grandfather, with love and wonderment.
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""Reading Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones is like being swung heart first into history. A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment."--Paula McLain, New York Timesbestselling author of The Paris Wife. An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite. It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows ever closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurc family will be flung to the far corners of the earth, each desperately trying to chart his or her own path toward safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death by working endless hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an extraordinary will to survive and by the fear that they may never see each other again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. In a novel of breathtaking sweep and scope that spans five continents and six years and transports readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Krakow's most brutal prison and the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag, We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the capacity of the human spirit to endure in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment"--

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