We Who Lived: Two Teenagers in World War II Poland

We Who Lived: Two Teenagers in World War II Poland

by Hava Bromberg Ben-Zvi

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Hava (Eva) Bromberg and Ephraim Sokal were Jewish teenagers in Poland when the Nazis invaded in 1939. Hiding in plain sight, Bromberg lived among the non–Jewish Polish population, always in danger of discovery or betrayal. Sokal and his family were deported as “enemies of the people” when the Russians occupied eastern Poland—a calamity that saved their lives. Liberated by the 1941 Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Sokal fought the Germans, serving with the Polish Navy and British armed forces. Bromberg and Sokal met in 1947, both facing the challenges of surviving in a postwar world they were unprepared for. This combined memoir tells their story of resilience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476631196
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 231
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Retired librarian Hava Bromberg Ben-Zvi served for 27 years as the director of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Ezra Award from the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles for her contributions to Jewish education. She visits schools and libraries, telling audiences about her years of tears, in the hope that such events will not occur again.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by Justine M. Pas 1
Preface 5
Prologue: At the Gate 9
 1. My Family 11
 2. Life with Father 26
 3. I Remember 39
 4. War 47
 5. Under the Germans 59
 6. The Orphanage 70
 7. On the Farm 80
 8. Special Attentions 86
 9. Our World in Europe at Peace 92
10. Displaced Persons (DP) Camp 101
11. Forging a New Future 110
12. A New Friend 115
13. The Event That Changed Their Lives 124
14. In the Kolkhoz 129
15. Siberia 133
16. Germany, Now a Common Enemy 137
17. Return to Poland 140
18. Building a New Life 144
19. The Rebirth of Israel 146
20. Newlyweds 155
21. New Horizons 166
22. End Matters: Love and Loss 179
Aftermath: Martyrs and Survivors 184
Postscript 200
Appendix Chronology, 1933–1945: Major Events of World War II with Emphasis on the Holocaust and the Events in Our Lives 205
Bibliographic Essay 209
Index 217

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