Escape into Danger: The True Story of a Kievan Girl in World War II

TitleEscape into Danger: The True Story of a Kievan Girl in World War II
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWilliams, Sophia Orlovsky
Number of Pages290
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
CityLanham, MD
Abstract

This volume tells the remarkable story of a young girl's perilous adventures and coming of age during World War II. Born in Kiev to a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, the author (1924-2018) chose to be identified as Jewish when she was eligible for a Soviet passport, mandatory at the age of sixteen, little realizing the life-changing consequences of her decision. Only seventeen when Germany invaded Russia in 1941, the author left Kiev, unwittingly escaping the Babi Yar massacre. On her journey into Russia, she fled from flooding, dodged fires and bombs, and fell in love. At Stalingrad, she turned back in a futile attempt to return home to her mother. Stranded in a Nazi-occupied town, accepted as a Russian, she found work with a sympathetic German officer and felt secure until a local girl recognized her as a Jew. Within days, her boss spirited her to safety with his family in Poland. Soon, though, she was on the run again, this time to Nazi Germany, where, befriended by Germans and Hungarians, she somehow escaped detection through the rest of the war. She met and married a like-minded German soldier and started a family and business. The business thrived in post-war Germany, but the marriage deteriorated. Throughout, the author maintained her grit, charm, and optimism, the qualities that saved her as she time and again made her "escape into danger."

URLhttps://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442214705/Escape-into-Danger-The-True-Story-of-a-Kievan-Girl-in-World-War-II
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