Victoria's War

Victoria's War

4.52 (73 ratings by Goodreads)

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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, and Victoria's world is turned upside down. She is ordered to work in a Nazi sewing factory. Making military shirts, Victoria sews a straight pin inside the collar in defiance. At a secret resistance meeting with her friend Sylvia, Victoria is captured and sold as a slave, with thousands of other women. Germany, 1941: When Victoria is purchased to work in a family bakery, Etta tries to protect Victoria from the brutality of her family, bringing food and companionship to the attic where Victoria is held. The two women form a quick and enduring bond, but when they're caught stealing bread from the bakery and smuggling it to a nearby work camp, things take a turn for the worse. This spurs Victoria on to help rescue a group of mothers and babies from starvation. Victoria's War is a World War II story that hasn't been told before, giving a voice to ethnic Polish women who were kidnapped into the Nazi slave labor operation. This lost chapter of history revealing wartime slavery is not to be forgotten.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 413g
  • English
  • 1632100681
  • 9781632100689
  • 1,101,363

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"Some stories that need to be told are never told. They languish in a limbo of forgotten stories that should never have been forgotten. Hamilton's 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 and 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: Memory Unfolded

"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

"Victoria's War is a compelling story of a young Polish woman trapped 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?: Hitler's War against Jewish and Polish Children, 1939-1945 and editor of Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians Remember the Nazi Occupation
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73 ratings
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4 29% (21)
3 10% (7)
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