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Shadows of Survival

A Child's Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto

Kristine Keese (author)

ISBN: 9781618115096

Publication Date: Sep 2016

Format: Paperback

After sixty years, Kristine Keese is finally able to share the memories of her years spent in the Warsaw Ghetto as a small child. She owes her survival, and that of her young uncle, to the striking resourcefulness of her mother. The story emerges as vividly as if it happened yesterday, full of details that only a child would notice.
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After sixty years, Kristine Keese is finally able to share the memories of her years spent in the Warsaw Ghetto as a small child. She owes her survival, and that of her young uncle, to the striking resourcefulness of her mother. The story emerges as vividly as if it happened yesterday, full of details that only a child would notice. Although the the events of the Warsaw Ghetto and the fate of its victims has been described many times, Keese's story is exceptional, as it is told through the eyes of, not a victim, but a child engaged with her daily reality focused on survival.

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Keese's self-reflective attempt to understand what was humanly possible has meaning far beyond the particularities of Germans, Jews and Poles during the Second World War. In her story, told with no melodrama and no self-pity, we see the universal through the particular."
– Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History, Yale University

"A fine honest memoir...devastation is lodged in the accumulated detail, one of the reasons publications such as this are so important." – Natasha Lehrer, Times Literary Supplement
Illustrations 35 illustrations
Pages 160
Dimensions 234 x 156
Date Published 30 Sep 2016
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Series Jews of Poland
Subject/s European history   Jewish studies   Biography & True Stories  
Kristine Keese, born to a middle class Jewish family in Poland, was incarcerated as an eight year old child in the Warsaw Ghetto. After the war, Keese went on to attend Cornell University where she studied Philosophy and later received an ED.D from Harvard University, USA. She worked at the Social Science Research Center at the University of Michigan where she had also been an instructor in the Slavic Languages Department, and later taught at Northeastern University's Department of Education. Most recently, Keese taught in the Sociology Department at Brandeis University. She left academic life to live and work on a fishing boat with her husband, along the coast of Florida and in Alaska, where she was an evaluator for the then newly-instituted Native education program under a grant from the Office of Education. She and her husband also spent a year on the North coast of Haiti attempting to organize a fishing cooperative. Currently they own and manage an organic cranberry bog in Massachusetts.

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