Recommended Reading: Krysia,
A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood


“That night I was happy to be sleeping in my bed again, but in the middle of the night strange noises woke me. I got up and looked out the window but didn’t see anybody outside. The noise turned into a roaring, which grew louder and louder. Soon I saw tanks rolling and soldiers marching. The gas lamps on the street were broken, but the moon shone brightly, illuminating the silhouettes of the invading enemy,” writes Krytyna Mihulka in her autobiographical new book Krysia: A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood During World War II. Published by Chicago Review Press, the book is a personal chronicle of the horrors of Soviet domination and Stalin’s merciless deportation of Poles during World War II.

“Exquisitely detailed, Krysia proves in clear and accessible prose that even such malevolent forces as Stalinism and Nazism were rendered powerless in the face of the most basic human order—a loving family,” says author Eugene Yelchin in his endorsement of Krysia.

Told through the eyes of a child, this story is especially suitable for younger readers who are being introduced to the horror that was set loose during the Holocaust; the title is a Junior Library Guild selection. The book is beautifully illustrated with family photos. It is also interesting to note that the author was deported to a remote village in Kazakhstan in 1940. After several years in refugee camps in Iran and Africa, she settled in Zambia, where she married and had three children. In 1969, she and her family immigrated to the United States and she now lives in Calfornia under her married name Christine (Americanized version of Krystyna) Tomerson.

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