Trapped In A Nightmareby Cecylia Ziobro Thibault
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During World War II, a young Polish American girl named Cecylia was imprisoned in a Nazi labor camp. After fifty years, with the sincere encouragement from her friends and family, she has decided to share her extraordinary story. Despite the daily struggle, physical and mental anguish, humiliation, and fear, Cecylia's spirit was resilient enough to find the rare moment of humor in her otherwise bleak life in the camps.
Hers is a story that centers around a little-known segment of the war, and it is told here from a fresh perspective, that of a young girl facing unimaginable horror and fear-and unexpected hope-as a prisoner in a Nazi labor camp.
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I finally had the opportunity to read this "historical fiction" and am a direct descendant of Maria (referred to as Babchia ) and am both appalled and angry at the inaccuracies and omissions. I became particularly angry and disgusted that a person would attack the character of a woman she barely knew. My family and I were extremely close to our Babchia whom LOVED all her children some of which were with her until her death at 96. No one ever bothered to interview the surviving siblings before writing one persons "perspective" of what happened. Unfortunately it's to bad the people mentioned in the book are not here to defend themselves. I will not ever recommend a book that basically calls Maria (Babchia) an abusive woman who had affairs. And considered her to be “grandma dearest” Really?? This after your Babchi raised you for the first 2 years of your life when your own Mother basically abandoned you? Yet the beloved Dziadzu whom was the gambling, abusive, alcoholic that wouldn’t support his children because of his addictions. I would like to know what the first chapter had to do with being trapped in a nightmare? Other than to tarnish the reputation of a woman the author obviously despised. Where is the DNA proof to entertain such a thing as her children being fathered by another man? Or was it just a information gathered by Celinka's and her siblings visits to Poland where they only interviewed relatives of Dzadzu that clearly despised Babchia?. A man that basically deserted and stopped supporting his family. I regret ever wasting my time reading this book and will NEVER, EVER suggest or even allow schools to teach this "historical fiction" as required biographical reading without a disclaimer mentioning that the character portrayed as Babchia is based on ancient rumor when those involved are not here to defend themselves. I knew there was a reason why it took me so long to start reading this book in my heart I knew that the writers would portray their family as hero's and the opposite side as inferior because this was/is still is the way we were/are treated in real life. Lastly, those who live in glass houses shouldn’t cast the first stone but unlike the authors I WILL NOT stoop so low as to write a book or a review sharing “historical fiction” passed on to me!
I hope you are promoting and selling this as historical fiction and not a biography. I am a relative and a direct descendent of the “babci” who was cast in a false negative way in this book. I can tell you that the writers of this book have falsely cast her as villain in order to make money. This book could have been written as a biography without lying about my grandmother’s character but that would have been a far less interesting book. Perhaps Celyna did not want to delve into what her mother was really like and so she projected her mother, Mary’s character traits onto my grandmother. My grandmother is not here to defend herself, so I have to do it. None of of my grandmother’s then living children were interviewed to get the background of my grandmother for this book. The author barely knew her except for the times approximately 70 years ago when Celyna’s mother abandoned her into my grandmother’s care for two years so she could “socialize”. Her mother was not an abused saint as she is presented in the book. From many sources in my family, I know that my Aunt Mary liked it in Germany and returned there after the war. Instead of first hand accounts from “babci’s” then living children, the authors went to Poland and interviewed 90 year old in-laws who hated my grandmother and repeated 75 year old gossip. The authors then presented this gossip as fact. What do you think illiterate strictly Roman Catholic villagers would say about a strong woman and single parent of eight children back in the twenties and thirties? My grandmother was way ahead of her time because she would not take the abuse at the hands of her husband and chose to be independent. She was deeply spiritual, loving and generous according to most of the relatives on this side of the pond and my own recollections. Instead of showing pride for what she was able to accomplish and speaking the truth, the authors demonize my "babci", while leaving out their own dirty laundry. You should have stuck to the facts of the war instead of trying to hurt the reputation of a woman long dead and still loved. I am adding recommendations for two books that are TRUE biographies of people the Holocaust for anyone with genuine interest in the topic.
This woman has an amazing memory for details! But I guess that when you go through something so traumatic it sticks with you. Short book and kind of choppy which makes it even more "real".