The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow

The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow

by Krystyna Chiger, Daniel Paisner
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The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow by Krystyna Chiger, Daniel Paisner

In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, shares one of the most intimate, harrowing and ultimately triumphant tales of survival to emerge from the Holocaust. The Girl in the Green Sweater is Chiger's first-person account of the fourteen months she spent with her family in the fetid sewers of Lvov.

The Girl in the Green Sweater is also the story of Leopold Socha, the group's unlikely savior. A Polish Catholic and former thief, Socha risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food and supplies. A moving memoir of life under unimaginable circumstances, The Girl in the Green Sweater is ultimately a tale of intimate survival, friendship, and redemption.

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ISBN-13: 9780312376574
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 490,226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

KRYSTYNA CHIGER survived the Holocaust by hiding with her family in the sewers of Lvov, Poland for 14 months. A retired dentist, she lives in Long Island. DANIEL PAISNER has collaborated on many books, including the New York Times bestselling Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center.

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Girl in the Green Sweater 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the person who made her comment of the book being boring on may 21 2012 has to have her mind examined can you imagine yourself being placed in the same situation having to survive they way the victims had to live day to day not knowing if they wouldn't get caught and killed. its history for all of us and this story has hit home to me and I am grateful she has brought us the light and the accountability of what she and the others went thru to fight to live. thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
webermj More than 1 year ago
A true story of Jewish survival in World War II that you can't put down. The struggle of a Jewish girl and her family as they survive in the sewers with the help of outsiders. They continued to struggle after the war as they adjusted to their freedom.
Michelle Desjadon More than 1 year ago
I truly hope millions read this book and other books about the inhuman treatment of fellow human beings. Maybe then it will fineally somehow sink into a whole lot of small minded bigoted people that we are all equals. Who cares about race color or religion! If we dont start living for peace and love right now, we are doomed to keep repeating the same horrifying things over and over! We already live in a world that is on the verge of being destroyed by our selfishness and ignorance. We need to wake up and get our heads out of our rears right now before it is just too late!!!!
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
A horiffic story of terrible events. But what a couragous story of survival and the measures a human will go through and endure to live. The parents of Krystyna were amazing and so self sacrificing not only for the children but for others and the circumstances they were place. An amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very touching memoir of the life of a child and her family during the holocaust. It is a very moving read, and I enjoyed learning of the struggles her family overcame, and how her family remained strong through all they had endured. The book was, however, poorly written; many expressions were repeated, which may have been on purpose for emphasis, but I found myself getting agitated with the repititiveness of it. Even so, I do highly recommend reading this book.
DarbysMom More than 1 year ago
I have read numerous books about the treatment of people affected by the Nazi sweep across the European countries. As Krystyna Chiger relates her story, one goes through the experience as she did. One can feel the disgust of her daily life and understand the influences of her parents and other adults who helped in this story of unbelievable survival in the worst of circumstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great,must read hard to bel;ive anyone could live in those conditions
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I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. This book taught me a lesson. To never take anything for granted because life can change in the matter of seconds much like it did for the Chiger family. This book had a bunch of emotions going through it. While reading this I felt sad, scared, relieved and proud. I was never happy reading this because I just couldn't bear the thought of going through that holocaust escape plan. I really enjoyed this book because I can relate to it. I have never been in that situation but I have four people in my family and I have a younger sibling. I honestly cried when I thought about being stuck in that situation. The bravery of her father amazed me. He could have easily given up or been killed. The people in this book were all so selfless. Even though this did not answer all of the questions for the Holocaust I am glad I read this book because it taught me that a little hope and love can go a long way especially when you are feeling like nothing is going right for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be a "must read" for everyone. What people are capable of enduring under extremely harsh circumstances is truly amazing. I couldn't stop reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down
sunsetrider More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading stories of survival in the most desperate of times. The author wrote her story from her true viewpoint of a small child hidden in sewers. There are villans of course, and unexpected heroes, but the most fascinating people are the every day folk who coped (or didn't cope) with their dire circumstances with potentially lethal outcomes on a day to day basis. Not a gloomy book, or a condemning book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly fascinating story!  Not as emotional and scary as some I've read, but definitely one as brave and forgiving as any!  Will read again, I am sure.  These people were very fortunate to have a guardian angel who stuck it out with them!  Beautifully  wriiten
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This book is so inspiring everyone should read it <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 175 pages were a sinch. The last four took a box of tissues.
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