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Victoria’s War tells the story of a young polish woman who is forced into slave labor during WWII.
Victoria experiences tragedy when the Nazis bust into her home and kill her sister. The guilt she feels stays with her as the war carries on.
She is soon captured by the Nazis and forced into slave labor, spending 14 hours a day washing dishes and cleaning in a bakery. The rest of her time is spent locked in an attic that is either too hot or too cold.
Although treated poorly, being starved and beaten, she develops a friendship with the owner’s deaf daughter. The two of them work together to help those who are suffering even more than Victoria is.
I have read many WWII books revolving around the Holocaust. This is one of the best I’ve come across! It is the first one focusing on the Polish being forced into Hitler’s forced labor program.
Along with the hardship and suffering is a story of the heroic women who risked their lives to help others facing adversity and even death.
Victoria and Etta are characters that will stay tucked in my heart for years to come. Their friendship while facing such misery is inspiring and heartbreaking.
I cringed with every beating Victoria had to endure, was appalled by Etta’s mother who treated her terribly, simply because she was deaf, and was heartbroken for the new mothers who knew their babies were left to die. I can’t imagine living this way.
Victoria’s War is a book everyone should read. It makes you take a hard look at your own life. Realizing so many have suffered such atrocities makes many of today’s problems seem petty.
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