Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust


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Claiming My Place is the true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight.

Meet Gucia Gomolinska: smart, determined, independent, and steadfast in the face of injustice. Growing up in Poland in the 1920s and ’30s, Gucia studies hard, makes friends, falls in love, and dreams of a bright future.

Her world is turned upside down when Nazis descend upon Poland, establishing in her town of Piotrków Trybunalski the first Jewish ghetto of World War II. As the war escalates, Gucia watches friends and neighbors lose their livelihoods, their dignity, their lives.

She knows her blond hair and fair skin give her an advantage, and eventually she faces a harrowing choice: to risk the uncertain horrors of deportation to a concentration camp or the certain death if she were caught resisting. She decides to assume a false identity as a gentile. Gucia changes her name to Danuta Barbara Tanska, nicknamed Basia, and leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known. If she succeeds she will remain free; but if she fails she will perish.

Working from extensive interviews with her subject and in consultation with Basia’s daughter, Helen Reichmann West, author Planaria Price tells this incredible life story directly in the first person in an inspiring work of narrative nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374305291
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 748,496
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Planaria Price has published six textbooks with McGraw-Hill and University of Michigan Press. She met the then-90-year-old Barbara Reichmann in 2006, interviewed her at length, and conducted extensive historical and social research in order to write Claiming My Place.

Dr. Helen Reichmann West is a psychotherapist in private practice. Prior to collaborating on this biography of her mother, Helen has published academic articles, essays, book reviews, and poems in professional and literary journals. She lives with her husband, Carl Frank, in Washington, DC, and Key West, Florida.

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Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust is a special read. It is a memoir of a Holocaust survivor. She tells a story of her family life growing up, the rise of anti-Semitism in her homeland, World War II and the years after. As a young woman of Jewish Heritage, she had to do everything possible to survive. My heart ache for her and her family. I would give Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust 100 stars if I could. I highly recommend this book. It is important to read the stories from those who were affected from Holocaust. This one is very powerful. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.