At the outbreak of World War II, thirteen-year old Miriam Feuer and her family found themselves at the mercy of the invading Red Army in Polish Galicia. But things would only get worse with the coming of the Nazis in 1941. Escaping the Nazi-built ghetto in her hometown of Kolomyia after the murder of her grandmother and seizure of other family members, young Miriam desperately flees into the countryside, struggling to hide herself amidst the local population. Finding a modicum of safety in the home of a Ukrainian priest, her relief proves short-lived when the German commandant of the town abruptly arrives as a dinner guest -- and something more. A RAFT ON THE RIVER is the true life coming-of-age story of a young girl who finds redemption and a chance for love in the shadow of one of the most horrific episodes of the twentieth century.
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A Raft on the River, A Great Read A Raft on the River is a story about Miriam Feuer, a thirteen year old Polish girl. The novel follows Miriam's struggles attempting to survive World War II. When the Nazi's capture her family Miriam must survive on her own. She finds safety in the countryside, but soon she finds herself amid the people trying to kill her. This story comes from a different perspective. While most holocaust stories come from the perspective of German Jewish people, this story follows the life of a young Jewish, Polish girl, Miriam. The main character's diverse background makes it easy to relate. Jewish readers can relate to the main character's keeping kosher, and readers from Polish families readers can relate to the customs Miriam and her family hold dear. Miriam had to leave everything behind and we, as readers, feel empathy. “Poland held nothing for us anymore” she left behind her entire country to survive. A Raft on the River is a true story. Miriam Feuer Sorger was born in 1926 Poland. The author, Stuart W. Mirsky worked with Miriam for 6 months to help her recount her memories and put them into book form. It was not until 2007 that Miriam could bear her memories and relive them. As to be expected some of Miriam's memories had faded over the years and some details needed to be added to allow a complete story.