Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968

Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968

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by Heda Margolius Kovaly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0841913773

ISBN-13: 9780841913776

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.

Heda Margolius Kovaly's steady gaze at the lives caught up in Czechoslovakia's tragic fate under the Nazis and then during the Stalin era illuminates the chaotic life of a nation. Kovaly was deported to concentration camps, escaped from a death march, nearly starved in the postwar years, only to be shattered by her husband's conviction (in the infamous 1952 Slansky…  See more details below

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Heda Margolius Kovaly's steady gaze at the lives caught up in Czechoslovakia's tragic fate under the Nazis and then during the Stalin era illuminates the chaotic life of a nation. Kovaly was deported to concentration camps, escaped from a death march, nearly starved in the postwar years, only to be shattered by her husband's conviction (in the infamous 1952 Slansky trial) and his execution. Resonant with lyricism, this gripping memoir is uplifting even in the midst of horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780841913776
Publisher:
Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
113,897
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Under a Cruel Star 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SFlibres More than 1 year ago
This is an excellently written, fascinating, factual story of a Jewish Czech woman who survives a Nazi labor camp by escaping. It details the difficulty of hiding in Prague until the end of the war, as well as surviving the Communist era which was in many ways just as difficult. You feel like you know the author and are living her experiences with her. It is an unsentimental but vivid account of one life, but represents the experiences of many. Highly recommended. Read the comments written about the book by the critics (all are superlative) and the author's obituary in the NYTimes for an idea of how important this book is!!!
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This is one of the best books about these periods -- WW2, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia -- that I have ever read. With such skill, passion, and moral clarity that your heart races on every page, the authoress describes (among other things) the unbearably ugly things people reveal about themselves in extreme circumstances without forcing any unrealistic happy or peaceful resolutions. And yet, filled as it is with the harshest realities, the book is on fire with her unbelievably strong and loving life spirit. Read it and know how important it is for people to fight for true democracy and not be taken in by demagogues. Yes, this means us in the USA.