The Girl in the Green Sweater by Krystyna Chiger


Love, family, prejudice, apathy, trust, selfishness, survival, death, courage, fear, hope, hate, and perseverance these are a few of the themes in the remarkable true life story about Krystyna Chiger's life in hiding in the from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Chiger talks of her family's life before the war, of the Soviet occupation and oppression of her family in Lvov. Chiger was four years old when Poland was divided between the Nazis and Soviets and six when the Nazis seized her home town. Krystina and her family, together with a handful of other Jews, escaped into the sewers where they lived in conditions unimaginable by most (darkness, dampness, constant fear of sewer flooding, rats, and human waste).

Leopold Socha, a Catholic Polish sewer inspector and former thief, is the families life line between the sewer and outside world. He risks his life by protecting and hiding them, bringing them supplies and medicine, and offering friendship. Chiger relates how she and her four year old brother Pawel managed to survive for 14 months. I've read many books about WWII and the Holocaust, but there was something different about The Girl in the Green Sweater; it stayed with me long after reading it. I found myself asking, who would I be under these circumstances? If my freedoms, my dignity, my comfortable life was stripped away from me, who would I be? The book includes many black and white family photos. The author's green sweater is now on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Please click here for additional information.

Submitted by Nichole D. @ Villard Avenue Library

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