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In the Warsaw Ghetto
In the Warsaw Ghetto | Glenn Haybittle
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Ala Silberman is training to be a dancer when the Germans invade Warsaw. Together with almost half a million other Jews, Ala and her family are forced into the ghetto, where she struggles with feelings of guilt at her comparative privileged circumstances. Then Ala's enigmatic teacher forms a dance company with the intention of putting on a performance for the ghetto's residents. Max Silberman, Ala's uncle, is a bachelor, who still carries the flame for the girl he knew at university. She married someone else and he hasn't seen her for over a decade. When he meets her in the ghetto and discovers she and her two children have been abandoned by her Catholic husband all his dormant hopes are incongruously revived amidst the squalor and destitution surrounding him. In the Warsaw Ghetto tells the deeply moving story of Ala and Max's struggle to preserve their aspirations in the midst of the inhumane conditions of the Warsaw ghetto, until the deportations to the death camps begin and the Jews organise themselves into a fighting force determined to oppose the Nazis.
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vlwelser
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This is a fictionalized account of what happened to the author's grandmother in Warsaw during the holocaust. The action centers around the Jewish ghetto. It's heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

I had an ARC but this was published in 2019 (trying to clean up my Netgalley mess).

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Ala Silberman was training to be a dancer when the Germans invaded Warsaw, they were forced into the Ghetto with almost a half a million Jews. Ala struggles with the feelings of guilt at her more privileged circumstances. But Ala‘s enigmatic teacher puts together a dance company with the intention of putting on a performance for the residence of the Ghetto.