Living in Fear on the Aryan Side - Halina Zawadzka. This poignant and unique autobiography paints the dramatic picture of a young Jewish girl fighting for survival, and her miraculous salvation from the Nazi terror in Poland during World War II. The story begins when the author escapes from the ghetto in a small town in Poland at the eve of its liquidation in 1942. As she hides under an assumed identity among the Poles, she lives in constant fear of being denounced to the Nazis and sentenced to die. She encounters treason, a Gestapo investigation, the loss of her documents and many other terrible situations in which her life trembles in the balance. Two Polish women, moved by her tragic situation, allow her to stay in their home, although they are terrified by the death penalty awaiting them for hiding a Jew. The author succeeds in saving herself thanks to miraculous coincidences and her determination, courage and ingenuity to avert mortal danger. She sees her liberation from the Nazis in 1945. Well written and genuine in feeling, this book keeps the reader in suspense from the first to the last page.
(2004), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, 238 pp.