After sixty years, Kristine Keese is finally able to share the memories of her years spent in the Warsaw Ghetto as a small child. She owes her survival, and that of her young uncle, to the striking resourcefulness of her mother. The story emerges as vividly as if it happened yesterday, full of details that only a child would notice. Although the the events of the Warsaw Ghetto and the fate of its victims has been described many times, Keese's story is exceptional, as it is told through the eyes of, not a victim, but a child engaged with her daily reality focused on survival.
About the Author
Kristine Keese, born to a middle class Jewish family in Poland, was incarcerated as an eight year old child in the Warsaw Ghetto. After the war the family emigrated to New York. Kristine earned a BA in philosophy from Cornell University and an EdD from Harvard School of Education. She worked as a social science researcher and an educator, most recently in the Sociology Department of Brandeis University. She resigned from academia to live and work on her husband's fishing boat. They fished commercially along the coast of Florida, spent a year in Haiti and later fished in Alaska where she also worked as an educational evaluator for Native American education. She and her husband later owned and operated an organic cranberry bog in Massachusetts. Kristine Keese passed away at the age of 82 in October 2016.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: My Personal War
Chapter 2: 1939: The Clouds of War
Chapter 3: November 1940–July 1942: The Ghetto, First Stages
Chapter 4: The Ghetto, Last Stages
Chapter 5: The End of Safety
Chapter 6: Jasio’s Story and Leaving the Ghetto
Chapter 7: Times of High Anxiety
Chapter 8: August–August 1944: The Warsaw Uprising
Chapter 9: Leaving Warsaw
Chapter 10: Waiting for the War to End
Chapter 11: Spring 1945: Return to the Convent
Chapter 12: Living with Genia in Lodz
Afterword: What is Left???