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The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow

by Krystyna Chiger

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This is the true story of Krystyna Chiger and her family. They were a Jewish family, living an idyllic life in Lvov, Poland, until the Nazis took over. By 1943, all the Jews in Lvov had exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos, where they faced extermination. The Chiger family were part of a daring group of Polish Jews who sought refuge underground within the city's sewer system. This story is Krystana's account of those 14 months spent underground.

It also tells the story of Leopold Socha, the groups unlikely savior. He was a Catholic, a former thief, and a sewer worker. He and two coworkers risked their lives to help Chiger's group survive, bringing them food and supplies.

This is very moving memoir; a story of sadness, cruelty, and desperation, but also one of survival, friendship, hope and redemption. Even after reading this story, I still can't imagine having to live underground in a sewer. It would be hard for the obvious reasons, such as the smell, the rats, and danger of being swept away in a flood, but I am also claustrophobic. I cannot imagine having to live in such a small, enclosed space for a even a short period of time, but what if that were your only choice if you were facing certain death?

The green sweater in the title is a sweater made for Krystyna by her grandmother. Her grandmother was killed before they went into hiding. It was one of her most precious possessions, and one of the very things that she was able to take with her into hiding. It is now on display at the US Holocaust Museum, as a symbol of what Krystyna, and millions of Jewish children, had to endure at that time.
You can see a short video of it here, along with a brief interview with Krystyna Chiger.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=adwU_M1rdTA ( )
  mom2acat | Jan 17, 2014 |
Holocaust survivor Krystyna Chiger tells her story. She was 6 years old when her family went into the sewer system of Lvov, Poland to escape the Nazi Liquidation of the Jews. Along with her mother, father, and little brother she spent 14 months literally underground before the Russians liberated them from the Germans. Incredible story of bravery and resilience. ( )
  Brenda63 | Aug 26, 2012 |
Looooooooved this memoir by Krystyna Chiger about growing up during the Holocaust. The trials this girl went through before the age of ten really made me think about what I was like at that age and how I would have acted. Amazing and inspiring story. Although the writing is a tad bit redundant, and the story starts out slow, the book is well worth reading.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031237657X, Paperback)

In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, shares one of the most intimate, harrowing and ultimately triumphant tales of survival to emerge from the Holocaust. The Girl in the Green Sweater is Chiger's first-person account of the fourteen months she spent with her family in the fetid sewers of Lvov.

The Girl in the Green Sweater is also the story of Leopold Socha, the group's unlikely savior. A Polish Catholic and former thief, Socha risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food and supplies. A moving memoir of life under unimaginable circumstances, The Girl in the Green Sweater is ultimately a tale of intimate survival, friendship, and redemption.

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In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been killed, exiled, or forced into ghettos, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. Chiger, the last surviving member of this group, shares one of the most intimate, harrowing, and ultimately triumphant tales of survival to emerge from the Holocaust.… (more)

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