Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Girl from Krakow/ Alex Rosenberg/ 442 pages
The Girl from Krakow is the first novel written by Alex Rosenberg. The story begins in the midst of World War II in Poland. It quickly back tracts to the life of Rita Feuerstahl just prior to the German invasion of Poland. Rita is a Jewish university student in Krakow set on finding freedom through philosophy. Before she can achieve that, she finds herself married to one man and in love with another. As war comes to Poland, Rita finds herself under the control of the Soviets, evading the Germans and desperate to stay alive. The book deals mainly with the daily hazards of living in an occupied country while trying to not be noticed. Rita's journey from Karkow to Karpatyn, to Lvov, back to Krakow and finally into Germany itself traces the persecution of the Jews, first by the Soviets and then by the Germans. Poland was in a bad way from either invader. Along with the history, the novel also deals with the philosophy of communism, sexual identity and self preservation. Over all it was an interesting and thought provoking read.