Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany

Ludwika A Polish Woman s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany It s World War II and Ludwika Gierz a young Polish woman is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer There she must walk a tightrope learning to live as a second

  • Title: Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany
  • Author: Christoph Fischer
  • ISBN: 9781519539113
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amidIt s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss ultimately, it s one woman s story of survival.

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    1. There is no doubt that the second world war provides a backdrop for an author to tell a great story. This author uses the war to tell the story of Ludwika and her family. Ludwika is Polish and has a very tough experience throughout the war. What I loved about this book was that the author manages to convey the terrible events and tragedy of the war not by describing huge battles or the big political decisions but by focusing on this one woman and her personal experiences. Through Ludwika we unde [...]

    2. I have been wanting to read a Christoph Fischer for quite some time now as I was aware of the positive buzz his books had received in Social Media. I was thrilled to have the chance to read his latest offering; Ludwika.Based on the true life of a Polish woman struggling to survive in Nazi Germany, Ludwika is touching and at times heart-rending. Although there is little doubt that Ludwika had a much easier war than many other refugees or internees of the Nazi war machine, it was certainly not a w [...]

    3. Wow. This is the first Christoph Fischer book I've read, and it completely blew me away. Ludwika is a young Polish woman living on a farm on the cusp of WWII, doing her best to keep her mother, sister, and daughter safe while awaiting her father's return. Her beauty attracts the attention of a German soldier, leading to a proposal with far-reaching consequences: he wants Ludwika to come with him to Germany in exchange for the continued safety of her family in Poland. She makes the decision she f [...]

    4. Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany is a historical novel written by Christoph Fischer. The author based this novel on the actual life and experiences of Ludwika Gierz. This is a touching narrative that pulls on your heartstrings. It is realistic and entirely gripping throughout. I wasn't sure what this book was about but it had me hooked from the beginning with the author's style of writing. Mr. Fischer manages to share a different angle of World War II and this specif [...]

    5. Although some parts of this book are fictional, it tells the story of Ludwika, a woman whose life during and after WW2 is used to base the story on. It tells a different perspective of wartime events and people, but ultimately is a excellently written tale of survival and hope.The decisions made by Ludwika and their consequences are well explained. The author obviously put a lot of time and effort into researching the factual elements of the book. The fictional parts also blended in the facts se [...]

    6. Ludwika: A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer starts with an introduction to the story’s protagonist, Ludwika Gierz, a 4 foot-ten inches, 22 year-old, beautiful Polish woman with piercing blue eyes. Children like her because of her friendly disposition. She has a 5 year-old daughter Irena from a non-marital relationship she had years ago, after which the father of the child left town. The well-written prose starts with has undertones interjected and we know [...]

    7. “Ludwika” is another suspenseful historical novel written by Christoph Fischer. It’s a unique story about a Polish woman in Germany during World War II. The author has the keen ability to reach you no matter what topic he is writing about. There is a great sense of urgency to tell the tales. This one is no exception. This might be what he does best though his other novels are all filled with a unique passion.This is an emotional narrative that pulls on your heartstrings. Realistic and ent [...]

    8. This historical fiction novel follows Ludwika, a young Polish woman during WW2. She is loosely based off of a real everyday woman, whom you can see on the cover art. Living on her farm with her young child, mom, & sister, she catches the eye of a German Nazi soldier and goes to live with him in Germany, hoping it will help her family keep safe. This leads her to many random situations. I liked reading about a regular, everyday person, and seeing the war from the point of view of a person who [...]

    9. In keeping with historical fiction of World War II, Fischer takes us on a journey of one woman's life in Poland, living on a farm in a small town, where the Germans are beginning to occupy. She is faced with a decision to go to Germany with a German officer who has taken a shining to her in exchange for safety, and the safety of her family who are to remain on their farm. Her biggest fear is having to leave her daughter behind, a heart tugging decision, which reminds me a lot about the book Soph [...]

    10. To begin with I am a self-confessed Christoph Fischer fan. In the last year I have read several of his books and they are without question some of my favourite all time reads. So to get the negative out of the way, Ludwika suffers perhaps by comparison to his other work that I have read and I will stop the negativity right there. This is a harrowing tale set in a tragic time and the central Character Ludwika has to endure would be hard to believe or imagine as possible where it not for what we k [...]

    11. WWII novels evoke a lot of emotions, regardless of what perspective the author is writing from. This book is no exception. It's about a young woman (non-Jewish) named Ludwika who makes a difficult decision to leave Poland and go to Germany with a Nazi officer. She leaves her daughter behind, but hopes her leaving means her family will continue to be safe and taken care of.Ludwika seems to be symbolic of how the rest of the world viewed the Nazi invasions and atrocities. She is naive and doesn't [...]

    12. This was such a different view from the usual Holocaust books I read. To have a bit of an insight of what other races must have gone through during this war is a little more educational. Even though the polish were not jewish and got treated far better, there was still some pain and loss. Ludwika had endured so much through this war, first for her own survival and those of her family she was viewed as a collaborator because of the better treatment. Then she befell to people like Inmergran who wa [...]

    13. In this World War II novel, Ludwika Gierz, a young beautiful Polish woman, suffers the loss of all the men in her life. She is still in mourning of her brother, Franz, who has drowned two years earlier when her father goes missing in action in the beginning of the war. Her mother, her sister Stacia and her young daughter Irena are left to fend for themselves on the farm while the German invaders force their neighbours off their land. Manfred, a handsome SS German officer, falls in love with Ludw [...]

    14. This was an interesting read, not because of its thrilling nature, but because of an almost everyday character of it. It was merely the story of a woman who moved through the drama of Hitler's evil and how that evil touched her stories.

    15. Well written fiction about a serious topic This is a well written, well researched fiction based on actual events. I'm a little ambivalent about this type of writing. The subject of Nazi treatment of Jews is perhaps too weighty a topic to address in a fiction. I hope these types of fictions don't detract from the reality that these horrors actually occurred. Ludwiga is a young Polish Jew who struggle to survive and even consorted with a Nazi in order to make it through the next day, week, and mo [...]

    16. Ludwika is beautiful Polish girl. When the Germans invade she is favored by one German officer and is given the opportunity to go be his maid, (with the hope she will prove her German ancestry and marry him) in exchange for keeping her family safe- which includes her young daughter she leaves behind. While I liked the premise and the overall story of a woman who is just trying to figure out where she fits in a turbulent world where war is prevalent, it felt a little forced to me. Ludwika acted m [...]

    17. A POLISH POINT OF VIEW - FASCINATINGI’ve read several other books by this author, and this is my second favourite after Time To Let Go. This book moved more quickly and Ludwika was an engaging heroine. It added extra interest that the story was based on real life. It also opened a window on the Second World War from the Polish point of view which I found fascinating. I learned a lot from this book, as well as enjoying the read. I shall be reading more by Christoph Fischer in the future.

    18. Well written partially fictionalized account of Ludwika's journey through WWII and beyond. The reality of the war and it's horror is hard to read about. A historical account of the past is something we should all read once in a while.

    19. Lots of accurate historical detail make this a rich story, educational as well, showing us better than any history book can what it was like to be a woman, a Jew, an unwed mother, a Polish farm girl, an Italian/Dutch prisoner, a Russian soldier -- whoever is caught up in the forces of war and history.The opening pages show us life before Germany invaded Poland. "Ludwika Gierz should have been looking after the livestock, followed closely around by her five-year-old daughter Irena and maybe some [...]

    20. This book walked a fine line between fact and fiction as it dramatized a real women's life based on limited information. I think that was done quite well and found the book to be very engaging. I listened to the Audible version of the book and thought the narrator and performance was fine. The story itself is compelling. The author presented the drama and yet resisted the temptation to go overboard and sensationalize an already dramatic story. There were so many stories from WW-II. Many will be [...]

    21. I was attracted by the themes of the story and as other reviewers have said, we are able to look inside World War Two without dwelling on the fighting and the war crimes. I've lived in Australia and we knew that many Displaced Persons were taken in after the war, without really understanding what being displaced means. People lost their families and even their homelands. Through Ludwika we have a glimpse into the sheer scale of the war machine; moving and categorising people. We also see the peo [...]

    22. 'Ludwika' is a well-written fictionalized account of a Polish woman's real-life experiences of WW2 and its aftereffects. 'She felt like a beggar small and unimportant, exactly as she sometimes felt here in the camp, too: waiting for politicians and countries to make up their minds and allow her an existence.' This sums up the helplessness and paranoia felt by Ludwika and others living in Nazi Germany who didn't fit in with the ideals of the Reich. She survived by following her father's advice to [...]

    23. Based on a true story, this was an interesting perspective of WWII as it wasn't from a Jew surviving the concentration camps. Ludwika was a polish woman who left her farm and family to serve a SS officer in Germany. She did so to keep her family, including her 5-year-old daughter on their farm. So began her journey through Germany throughout the war. She wasn't jewish but she was still a second class citizen at best. Very interesting and historically informative.

    24. Heartbreaking. One tragedy after another. I don't understand how strong this woman must have been to go through all of that. A sobering story, although only four stars given because it was poorly-written in places, with many spelling errors and grammar wrongs. I'm not sure if it was proof-read, which saddens me a bit because the story itself, and Ludwika, deserve justice to be done.

    25. Enjoyed this book largely because it was loosely based on a real Polish woman's life in wartime. What a difficult life Ludwika had! Although her story was partly fictionalized it was so interesting for the author to reveal the real parts of the story at the end of the novel.

    26. Based on a true story of Ludwika. Easy to read and a page turner for sure. Great read. Right up my alleyFirst book that I've read by Christoph Fischer.

    27. The story of a Polish lady and her life during WWII. She starts at the family farm in Poland and she ends up in a labor camp in Germany.

    28. Good bookA good book that kept my interest. Good historical fiction based off of real events and people. I appreciate that the author kept the book clean.

    29. Ludwika's story is good, and could be rich with a better storyteller. Characters, including Ludwika, remain flat. For all the misgivings we are told she has about men, she goes easily with them.

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