In contrast to other Holocaust memoirs that describe what it took to survive the concentration camps, Dry Tears is the story of a Jewish young. DRY TEARS: THE STORY OF A LOST CHILDHOODMemoir by Nechama Tec, Source for information on Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood. Nechama Tec was eight years old when the Germans and Russians invaded Poland in Her father, Roman Bawnik, had owned a chemical factory and had.

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Was the purpose to make it so detached? Books by Nechama Tec. The Homars, like most other Polish families, are anti-Semitic. Your Dad sits on while reading. Helena, the family matriarch, even encourages the girl to call her Grandma.

Both sisters in exchange for the protection of the Homar family, had to pay rent and feed the entire Homar family. Disheveled and uprooted she’s constantly on the move. You are commenting using your Facebook account. As a child she did not understand her mother’s cry, “We are lost, we are lost,” which foretold her family’s destiny in the coming years.

Typical is the family Homar, of Kielce, fry sheltered the Bawniks during the war. Feb 06, Lizzie rated it liked it Shelves: I know that these are highly sensitive topics but When she’s hiding in a cramped cellar I want to KNOW what she entertains her self by doing.

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Book summary & Review – Dry Tears: Story of A Lost Childhood

Jul 11, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: At the top is the concentration-camp survivor who is obsessed with the experience and feels compelled to tell his story, and on the bottom is the hidden child who lived his childhood as a non-Jew, neither deported nor incarcerated, and who keeps the milhomeh yahren war years to himself.


The Jewish family essentially foots the food bill, the xry and the start-up for one of the Polish family member’s black market vodka business.

She had to be a strong little girl. Nothing captures me in the story.

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Autobiographical story of a twelve-year-old Polish-Jewish girl who as able to “pass” as neechama Christian while her parents needed to hide in a Christian home. Since the paperback edition is only eight chapters or pages of fairly large print, it is also easy to read quickly. During the Holocaust many children and adults suffered to stay nefhama when Jews were being killed by the millions.

Nechama also acquires knowledge about human nature most eleven year olds do not.

Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood

She skillfully builds tension and presents excellent scenes, but I felt that the interspersed physical descriptions of people and location could have been presented more artfully. Email required Address never made public. The tone of this section was so different, so sad, so pained, revealing how the family was resented when they returned, an assassination attempt was made, and eventually the family had to flee to Germany to start new lives after time in a DP camp.

There’s so much uncharted territory. Her life in hiding included selling home-baked goods on the Black Market and playing with local children who often made an Every Holocaust survival story is unique. Her story goes through all of the death and destruction she was forced to reckon with. Notify me of new comments via email. Home Arts Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Dry Tears: Nazis made it extremely difficult for Poles to find enough to eat because of the activities of the Polish underground.


I read the second paperback edition, which has an epilogue written by the author years after writing the first edition. I WANT to know about characters. In contrast to other Holocaust memoirs that describe what it took to survive the concentration camps, Dry Tears is the story of a Jewish young girl with blond hair and blue eyes trying to pass as a Christian in Nazi-occupied Poland. While reading this book I learned more detail of how it actually was to be targeted because of the way you looked, and by one’s race.

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Of course, her learning cannot take place in a traditional school ters the Nazis have closed them to Jews. Your family is heartbroken but you can only pity and sympathize. If you’ve been reading for a while you know that there are a glut more bad books than good. While that is true of some Christians, others held Jews tars they were paid and wh I read the second paperback edition, which has an epilogue written by the author years after writing the first edition.

This story in conclusion was a great novel that years history on the Holocaust and the Nazi era and is recommended by myself for anyone interested in these subjects. Both girls also had to learn to depend on others for their survival. Despite her ignorance and confusion about the situation at hand, tev learned enough to remain alive and to be quiet about it.

Oct 12, Leyni rated it really liked it. The author insists the Homars are kind, affectionate, and generous to them in spite of being deeply anti-semitic.