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The author describes her experiences in wartime Poland and how she survived the Holocaust by passing herself off as an Aryan....
The author describes her experiences in wartime Poland and how she survived the Holocaust by passing herself off as an Aryan.
Posted December 17, 2009
Imagine being told to leave your house, your friends, your neighborhood and your memories; being told that you will never see it again, that you have no rights; that you are worthless and that you don't belong and are "horrid and disgusting." This is the same fate Ruska Guterman almost encounters countless times. What would you do if one day everything was stripped away from you and you were ordered to either be "executed" or be forced to suffer insane torture every day? Torture; both physical and spiritual. You'd probably run as hard as possible and never look back. Never look back; three words Ruska Guterman had to live by for over five long, bitter years. She had to go through a lot during this time period. Things like sexual assault, having to live in the same house as a SS commandment that is responsible of murdering "her kind," and being worked so hard her knuckles were scraped raw, each one of her fingers had a blister, every bone in her body ached, and she had cried enough to fill a bathtub with her tears. Why? Because Ruska Guterman was a Jew. A Jew is defined as "a person whose religion is Judaism." That very definition caused Ruska along with so many others to run away and hide. Unfortunately, only 100,000 to 150,000 of them survived. Most of them faced death because of being turned in or because they could hide no longer. Herman Guterman once said, "If you're ever on the run, and have to hide, the best place is right in the mouth of the wolf." This single advice saved Ruska's life so many times. "In the Mouth of the Wolf" by Rose Zar is a book with the theme of running and hiding, never looking back even for a second because if you do, your life will flash before your eyes and everything as you know it will be gone. Not worrying about anything but your own survival, even if it means doing things and being in situations you never dreamed of. I think the characters in this book really portrayed the Jewish population and the feelings of everyone during the war. The characters expressed the exact emotions you would expect during the sad event of the Holocaust. This book is an image of the Holocaust, just one memory in the mind of the war, and yet it sparked my curiosity because not everyone is hired by an SS commandant as a nanny for their infant son like Ruska was during the war. An SS commandant who would kill this 'nanny', if he only knew the truth. That's what makes this book an interesting and unforgettable read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the Mouth of the Wolf written by Rose Zar was a captivating book that I could not put down. This book was published in 1992 and is about the Holocaust. In the Mouth of the Wolf was about a Jewish girl, Rose (Ruszkah) who lived in the ghetto of Piotrków, Poland. Her father always told her that she had to hide 'in the mouth of the wolf' within the enemy, so her and her brother did as they were told. After a while of she was promoted to be the maid/nanny of the SS Commandant, Colonel Roemer and his wife.
(Rose was a Jewish girl who escaped out of the Ghetto to live among the Poles as Wanda Gajda)
Posted September 30, 2008
This has got to be the best book ever written. It is so amazing, its up beat, thrilling, exciting, and suspenseful. You would be so stupid if you did not buy this book. It is worth the every penny. I have read it over and over again and it has gotten better every time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2008
i had to read this book for reading class so it wasn't optional, but i'm so glad my teacher gave me a selection of choosing this book. its amazing. its about the holocaust and how a girl survives it w/ out people finding out that she's jewish. she goes through so much in her time changing jobs. its really a great book. if you love reading about how a girl's life in a non- jewish sorrounding goes, this is the book for you. and even if you think it doesnt sound interesting, trust me, the read's a lot better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2001
Presently, I am Rose Zar's Hospice Spiritual Counselor. I recently became acquainted with this woman through my care for a caregiver of Rose. Also, I had the chance to read this book while caring for Rose. Rose is true to her word. When you read this book, you will be reading about the heart and soul of a woman whose gifts in freeing others emotionally are as strong as the work she did during the Holocaust. She talks about living 'in the eye of the storm' in her book. Rose has shared with others how to do this in their daily lives beyond her past and into the present. Her memory will live on in the lives of those she has cared for and those who have cared for her. In her dying, she continues to teach people how to live - and live free and well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2001
From the first page you are absolutely absorbed in the story of Ruszka Guterman (Rose Zar), who passes as an Aryan in Poland during WWII. This is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend reading this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2001
WHEN I FIRST READ THIS BOOK I CRIED NOT ONLY FOR SADDNESS BUT FROM JOY TO SEE SUCH COURAGE AND STRONG WILL, NOW I SEE THE BOOK IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT FOR I AM MRS.ZARS PERSONAL NUSRSE AND VERY SPECIAL FRIEND!!!SHE HAS NOT ONLY SHARED HER PERSONAL STORY WITH ME BUT HAS ENRICHED MY LIFE WITH HER HUMOR AND INCREDIABLE COURAGE TO GO ON IN LIFE...THANK YOU ROSE I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET!!! YOUR FRIEND KRISTINE I LOVE YOU ..MY SPECIAL AND VERY DEAR FRIEND....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.