ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN by Lena Kuchler-Silberman


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Mrs. Kuchler-Silberman's story, which as the title would fully indicate has much young human interest, is also inspiriting- and at points goes one stop farther- inspiring, and it is divided equally between the account of how she survived the war years as a Jew in Poland, and how later she salvaged residual Jewish orphans. One of the ""disguised ones"" Jew passing as Catholic- Lena escaped to Warsaw early in the War with her sister, Fela (all that was left of her family- and Fela was tortured to death by the Gestapo three days before the sation of hostilities). She secured a job on a farm and in the city as a governess to two girls, avoided romantic notice as well as that of the Gestapo, and endured the attrition and danger which all Poles faced through the winter of '44. After the war, in Craw, she became the ""mother"" (she had lost her own child- her husband walked out on her) of some 100 emotionally and physically destitute children, secured funds for a home high in the mountains at Zakopane where prejudice against the Jews survived and led to ugly incidents. And finally with the help of a Swiss woman and her Rescue Committee she helped to make the exodus to France and finally Israel with her charges... It is a story full of determination and courage and finally faith rewarded, and as such may find an audience which often refuses to retrace these years of the European tragedy.

Publisher: Doubleday