The Girl in the Green Sweater

A Life in Holocaust's Shadow

Krystyna Chiger with Daniel Paisner

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True story from the major motion picture "In Darkness," official 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of Polish Jews daringly sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, shares one of the most intimate, harrowing and ultimately triumphant tales of survival to emerge from the Holocaust. The Girl in the Green Sweater is Chiger's harrowing first-person account of the fourteen months she spent with her family in the fetid, underground sewers of Lvov.

The Girl in the Green Sweater is also the story of Leopold Socha, the group's unlikely savior. A Polish Catholic and former thief, Socha risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food, medicine, and supplies. A moving memoir of a desperate escape and life under unimaginable circumstances, The Girl in the Green Sweater is ultimately a tale of intimate survival, friendship, and redemption.

 

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Chapter One

KOPERNIKA 12

Like a princess. That is how I grew up, like a character from a storybook fable. At least, that is how I grew up for a while. I was born on October 28, 1935, at a time when Lvov was one of the most vibrant cities in Poland. It was a magical place, a Renaissance city, only it was not the best place to be a Jew. There were over 600,000 people in Lvov in the middle 1930s, including about 150,000 Jews.

We were Jewish, of course, but we were not terribly religious. We observed the Sabbath. My mother, Paulina Chiger, always lit the candles.

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Praise for The Girl in the Green Sweater

"The Girl in the Green Sweater manages to touch us in an unexpected way, revealing highs and lows in man's capacity for evil, as well his capacity to love life and other human beings." -- Naomi Ragen, author of The Saturday Wife and The Covenant

“With a powerful story and a keen voice, Chiger's Holocaust survivor's tale is a worthy and memorable addition to the canon.”--Publishers Weekly

"An important addition to Holocaust literature that vividly describes a harrowing childhood faced with enormous strength and courage."--Michael Bart, author of Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance


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Krystyna Chiger with Daniel Paisner

KRYSTYNA CHIGER survived the Holocaust by hiding with her family in the sewers of Lvov, Poland for 14 months. A retired dentist, she lives in Long Island.  DANIEL PAISNER has collaborated on many books, including the New York Times bestselling Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center.

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The Girl in the Green Sweater
A Life in Holocaust's Shadow
Krystyna Chiger with Daniel Paisner

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St. Martin's Press
September 2008
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ISBN: 9781429961257
ISBN10: 1429961252
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs
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February 2012
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ISBN: 9781250018984
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September 2009
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ISBN: 9780312376574
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs
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