The River of Angry Dogs: A Memoir

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Mira Hamermesh is an award-winning film maker, painter and writer. This moving memoir gives a vivid account of her remarkable life. As a young Jewish teenager she escaped the horrors of German-occupied Poland with only her natural creativity, a rebellious spirit and a talent for good fortune to rely on. Of the millions of words written about WWII, few come from women, and even fewer recount such adventure. Spared the experience of the ghetto and the concentration camp that claimed most of her family, Mira's story...

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Overview

Mira Hamermesh is an award-winning film maker, painter and writer. This moving memoir gives a vivid account of her remarkable life. As a young Jewish teenager she escaped the horrors of German-occupied Poland with only her natural creativity, a rebellious spirit and a talent for good fortune to rely on. Of the millions of words written about WWII, few come from women, and even fewer recount such adventure. Spared the experience of the ghetto and the concentration camp that claimed most of her family, Mira's story is a life-affirming account of a life lived to the full, and a meditation on survival and coincidence, that pays homage to other people's courage.

Recounting her escape into Soviet-occupied Poland, Mira shows how her status as a refugee has continued to influence her throughout her life. The journey led her across Europe and eventually to Palestine in 1941; her account of that region, before the establishment of Israel, provides a fascinating insight into the historical setting for today's conflict.

Having settled in London where she studied art and married, she eventually won a place at the celebrated Polish Film School in Lodz. At the height of the Cold War Mira Hamermesh commuted across the Iron Curtain—her experience of a divided Europe offers many insights into the political factors that affected people's everyday lives.

Mira's theme of political conflict, so often explored in her films, is brought to life here in an intimate account that will live long in the memory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745322339
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Introduction ix
1 Before the War 1
2 Crossing Borders 56
3 Reunions 117
4 Tearing Through the Iron Curtain 188
5 After the Pilgrimage 248
Epilogue 299
Index 305
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    As gripping and moving a book as you will ever read

    An extraordinary and emotional work. I had to pinch myself when I finished reading the book to remind myself where I was. Yet it is so unsentimental, it is of the here and now, not yearning for a lost world. That is part of its great power

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