We Were the Lucky Ones – Georgia Hunter
This gripping story, based on the author’s own family, follows five adult siblings and their parents during Hitler’s reign. What could have been an overwhelming number of threads to follow was, instead, a seamlessly woven story that created a memorable read.
Beginning in 1939, the Kurc’s finds themselves targeted as a Jewish family living in Radom, Poland. As the novel unfolds, we follow three generations as they are scattered to South America, Siberia, labor camps, and beyond.
I think what struck me most about this read is the strength each member of the family was able to find during these soul crushing years. As parents of the brood, Sol and Nechuma are forced with devastating choices as they let go of their children in different ways. Their children, and children’s families, each embark on harrowing journeys that bring them both closer together, and terribly far apart.
I truly believe everyone can find at least one character to relate with in this novel. The individuals you come to care for range in age from 5 years old to 65 plus. Sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, siblings. We can all relate to at least one of these categories. That the story is true makes it so much more beautiful/tragic/heartwarming/heartbreaking.
I found myself anguishing over the couple who find themselves in Siberia, in sub zero conditions, newly pregnant. My mind cannot comprehend the terror and joy that must have been mingled in their minds. Being malnourished, feeding a baby would be terribly difficult. The fear of losing your child because your body couldn’t provide, the thrill of new life created out of love, the exhaustion of carrying and then caring for a child with meager rations and terrible living conditions…Reading their story was a wrestling match of not wanting to know, but needing to know what happened.
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