Janina Bauman was thirteen-years-old when Hitler's decree forced her family into the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw. The young, bright, lively girl suddenly found herself in a cramped flat hiding with other Jewish families. Then came the raids. To avoid being one of the thousands who were rounded up every day and deported to the camps, Janina was forced to keep on the move. Her escape to the 'Aryan' side was followed by years spent behind hidden doors, where dependence on others was crucial. Told through her teenage diaries, this is an extraordinary tale of a passionate young woman's survival and courage.
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Winter in the Morning based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my research project. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was different from other books I have read about the Holocaust because the main character did not go to a concentration camp. The book kept me on the edge of my seat not knowing if the characters would be caught by the Germans and sent to a labor camp. While reading this book I could picture what it was like to be in the Warsaw ghetto and beyond. The book came to life, creating pictures in my head. When the sisters were at a dance, it was almost as if I was in the same room because I could hear the laughter and the music. This book described life in the ghettos rather than life in the labor and death camps. Though this was an interesting read it did not answer any of the questions. It was just a story, not a book of facts. However, I did like how the author wrote her diary entries she kept during the war in the book. It added a deeper meaning to the book because you were able to read her personal thoughts throughout the years. One can relate to Janina's story because she lost her loved ones. If you are wanting to read a book about life in the ghettos during the Holocaust, I highly recommend this book.