Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood

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This is the true story of Nechama Tec, whose family found refuge with Polish Christians during the Holocaust. Dry Tears is a dramatic tale of how an eleven-year-old child learned to "pass" in the forbidding Christian world and a quietly moving coming-of-age story. This book is unique celebration of the best human qualities that surface under the worst conditions.
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Overview


This is the true story of Nechama Tec, whose family found refuge with Polish Christians during the Holocaust. Dry Tears is a dramatic tale of how an eleven-year-old child learned to "pass" in the forbidding Christian world and a quietly moving coming-of-age story. This book is unique celebration of the best human qualities that surface under the worst conditions.
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"A compelling account. Quite accessible."--Michele Bisbey, St. Vincent College

"A beautifully written and poignant account of what it was like for a young girl to be passing as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland."--Evan Hunter

"Dry Tears moves me beyond words....[It] conveys an immediate sense of what [living under the Holocaust] was like, and does so strongly, even nobly, without a trace of self-pity....My admiration has no bounds."--Robert K. Merton, Columbia University

"Render[s] with such honest yet compassionate detail the struggle of Jews to 'pass' as Christians among anti-Semitic people who sheltered them, loved them, lived off them, and finally, after the war, were ashamed rather than proud of having taken [them] in."--Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University

"A story of human resilience...made all the more remarkable because it is seen through the eyes of a young girl who bore herself beyond the promise of her years."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, President, Union of American Hebrew Congregations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195035001
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1984
  • Series: Galaxy Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,413,024
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    A VERY TOUCHING STORY

    This is a touching story about the harsh realities associated with growing up as a Jew in a Christian world during the Holocaust. Nechama was a young girl when World War II began and had to deal with the persecution and the harassment of being a Jew. Nechama's whole family went through many changes and challenges such as changing names, moving from town to town, finding food, hiding during the raids and much more. The life that Nechama led during the war was unbearable, yet she survived. She was able to overcome all of the obstacles that were thrown into her young life. I truly admire Nechama for all that she endured during the Holocaust. This is a very touching novel that I highly recommend to anyone. This book should be a part of everyone's personal collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    The Story of a Lost Childhood

    You're Jewish. You're a young girl. The Nazis have taken over everyone's life and there is nothing you are anyone else can do about it. You're in a dangerous situation. What can you do? I was given a choice to read 'Dry Tears' by Nechama Tec for language arts. At first I thought it might be just another non-fiction biography- boring- but it really want enjoyable. I give this book FOUR STARS for the author's excellent writing and inspirational story.

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