SURVIVORSKATE FURNIVALL Book Number: 87159 Product format: Hardback
A former resistance fighter, Klara Janowska and her ten year old daughter Alica flee the Soviets who have taken control of Poland. They are making an arduous trek West, hoping eventually to get to distant relatives in England. Their journey is fraught with danger as roving bands of displaced people are prepared to kill for valuables and even food. They find safety in Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp. It is Germany 1945. The camp is cramped, dirty, dangerous and along with 3,200 others, they are the lucky ones who have survived. Stealing and conniving, always looking for permission to head to England, the narrative is told in flashback. We are told how Klara was caught working for the Polish resistance, tortured and eventually handed over to a high-ranking SS officer to be his sexual plaything. With her daughter removed to a convent, Klara never gives up hope of reuniting with her and does what she has to do. With the arrival in the camp of an old German adversary who threatens to expose her past, Klara learns to deal with his threats, recruiting camp inmates and the feral children to help. The novel turns into a thriller as to whether she will outsmart this man. Descriptions of the privations in camp life and catastrophic damage to surrounding German towns are highly graphic. 431pp.
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