On 21 July 1942, the Nazis invaded Poland. In the small town of Zolkiew, life for Jewish 15-year-old Clara Kramer was never to be the same again. While those around her were either slaughtered or transported, Clara and her family hid perilously in a hand-dug cellar. Living above and protecting them were the Becks.
Mr Beck was a womaniser, a drunkard, and a self-professed anti-Semite, yet he risked his life throughout the war to keep his charges safe. Nevertheless, life with Mr Beck was far from predictable. From the house catching fire, to Beck's affair with Clara's cousin, to the nightly SS drinking sessions in the room just above, Clara's War transports you into the dark, cramped bunker, and sits you next to the families as they hold their breath time and again.
Sixty years later, Clara Kramer has created a memoir that is lyrical, dramatic, and heartbreakingly compelling. Despite the worst of circumstances, this is a story full of hope and survival, courage and love.
©2008 Clara Kramer (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
It is hard to believe this is a true story. What people would go through to survive. I would recommend this to anyone that has an interest in world war 2. The narrator transports you back there. It was one of those book I did not want to stop listening to. Its books like this that make sure we don't forget our past.
A first hand account of the life of a jewish girl hiding underground in Poland. The writing is almost 3D in its detail.
A book that can make you sigh, cry, be angry, and have hope. I the darkest places, roses can still grow.
Mum,wife,teacher,Labrador owner and cat lover. Fond of Florida and theme parks
This is an amazing true story of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.
The triumph of the human spirit in the most difficult and testing circumstances never ceases to astound me.
Rula Lenska's voice captures the emotions so well.
Bought tears to my eyes.
This book was very well written and read by Rula Lenska!
I couldn't stop listening to it!
I even replayed some parts of it as there was such a lot to take in and it felt disrespectful not to know for sure what was said!
I've read other good books on this subject and this book is up there with them...it was gripping, informative and heart wrenchingly honest!
Must be read to honour all those that suffered and those who died!
Sometimes you find a book that will stay with you for a long time. This is one of those books. Narration was wonderful and the true story very moving. I highly recommend.
Have not read the book
Christmas time with Mr Beck, what a kind, wonderful and brave person.
First book to bring tears to my eyes, in a very long time.
If I could give this book six stars I would. The terrible deeds done to the Jews are beyond believe, hence it is a terrible story of evil done.
Rula Lenska brings this book to life with an unbelievable performance as narrator. The story is one of tremendous courage and suffering told in fantastic detail. A book that we should all listen to and remember.
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