Victoria'S War (eBook)
de Catherine A. Hamilton
Sobre o livro
Victoria’s War gives voice to the courageous Polish women taken into the real-life Nazi wartime slave-labor operations during WWII. Victoria’s War is a work of historical fiction about 19-year-old Victoria Darski, a Polish Catholic woman sold into slavery during the Nazi occupation of Europe, and Etta Tod, the 20-year-old deaf daughter of a German baker who buys Victoria. Poland, 1939: Eager to study literature at the University of Warsaw, Victoria waits with bags packed. But Hitler invades Poland and classes are canceled. German officers burst into her family’s home in Lagody, shoot and kill Victoria’s sister when she cries, and take Victoria and her mother to work in a sewing factory commandeered by Nazis. Making military shirts, Victoria sews a straight pin inside the collars in defiance. At a secret resistance meeting, Victoria and her friend Sylvia are captured and then sold as slaves, along with thousands of other women. Germany, 1941: When Victoria is purchased to work in the Tod family bakery, Etta tries to protect Victoria, bringing food and companionship to the attic where Victoria is held. Etta is caught and sent to Hadamar Institute, where she is killed. This spurs Victoria to help rescue a group of mothers and babies from starvation. One of those women is her friend Sylvia from the sewing factory.
"Victoria’s War is a compelling story of a young Polish woman caught in the vise of the German invasion of Poland at the opening salvo of World War II. Written in an engaging literary style that captures the textures of Polish life, Catherine Hamilton’s gripping novel is a must read!"
— Dr. Richard C. Lukas, author of Did the Children Cry? and The Forgotten Holocaust
"Some stories that need to be told are never told. They languish in a limbo of forgotten stories that should never have been forgotten. Catherine Hamilton’s novel Victoria’s War resurrects one of these stories. In language intimate and natural and yet touched by the poetry of truth, Hamilton tells the story of a young girl who is the victim of war. Too often, we think only of the men who go to war, do heroic things. We forget the other victims and heroes of war, the women like Victoria in this brilliant novel."
— John Guzlowski, author of the award-winning Echoes of Tattered Tongues
“In Victoria’s War we follow the life of one Polish woman caught in the machinations of a war that has no pity.…Based on the life of a real woman subjected to Hitler’s forced labor program, Victoria’s War reveals the hatred and fanaticism against Poles in Nazi Germany and the specific vulnerabilities of women that made their lives a living hell. Hamilton’s story about a largely ignored aspect of women’s history is emotionally evocative and rich in detail.”
—Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of Wearing the Letter “P”: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939–1945