Dry Tears

Dry Tears : The Story of a Lost Childhood

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This is the true story of Nechama Tec, whose family found refuge with Polish Christians during the Holocaust. Dry Tears is a dramatic tale of how an eleven-year-old child learned to "pass in the forbidding Christian world and a quietly moving coming-of-age story. This book is unique celebration of the best human qualities that surface under the worst conditions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195035003
  • 9780195035001
  • 472,788

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A story of human resilience...made all the more remarkable because it is seen through the eyes of a young girl who bore herself beyond the promise of her years. * Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, President, Union of American Hebrew Congregations * Render[s] with such honest yet compassionate detail the struggle of Jews to 'pass' as Christians among anti-Semitic people who sheltered them, loved them, lived off them, and finally, after the war, were ashamed rather than proud of having taken [them] in. * Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University * Dry Tears moves me beyond words....[It] conveys an immediate sense of what [living under the Holocaust] was like, and does so strongly, even nobly, without a trace of self-pity....My admiration has no bounds. * Robert K. Merton, Columbia University * A beautifully written and poignant account of what it was like for a young girl to be passing as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland. * Evan Hunter * A compelling account. Quite accessible. * Michele Bisbey, St. Vincent College *show more

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332 ratings
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4 43% (142)
3 22% (72)
2 6% (20)
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