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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. Excerpt Shortly after the occupation of Lublin in Jewish children had been barred from attending school and private instruction was prohibited. As with all such Nazi directives, disobedience if discovered met with severe punishment, even death. When our own school was closed -- I was eight at the time -- I was not in the least upset. But my parents reacted differently.

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Her father, Roman Bawnik, had owned a chemical factory and had felt confident that life for him, his wife, and two daughters, would probably remain the same. Within days, the factory was seized, Mr.

Bawnik became an employee rather than an owner, Mrs. Bawnik became a housekeeper for the wife of a high-ranking Nazi official, and the girls began being tutored because they could no longer go to public school.

The nightmare that was to last for the next six years began. Tec describes the disappearances of friends and relatives through Aktions, the beatings and murders on the streets, and the goal for the Germans of making Lublin "Judenfrei" free of Jews. Since Nechama and her sister could "pass" as Aryan Christians using false papers, the family had to find a place for them to stay safely away from their hometown where people knew that they were Jewish.

After a series of moves from one family to another, the two sisters, using the names Krysia and Danka, posed as the orphaned nieces of Marta and Tosiek Homar. This had been a family decision because it was obvious that her parents not only looked Semitic, but they both had poor grammar and inflection. Both teenagers grew up during the war in somewhat similar circumstances. Both had belonged to fairly affluent families before the war and now had to cope with food shortages and black marketeering.

Both girls also had to learn to depend on others for their survival. These experiences are also an excellent basis for an analysis of the concept pertaining to whether the hiders would qualify as "righteous Gentiles. Nechama Tec raises a moral issue over the money that she was forced to earn selling baked goods made by her mother while she was in hiding in order to assure that her parents were not revealed. Since the paperback edition is only eight chapters or pages of fairly large print, it is also easy to read quickly.

Additional uses of the book could include a geography lesson on Poland, historical perspective on the Germans as conquerors versus the Russians, the locations of camps in Europe during the war, and a study of the Nazi hierarchy. The edition also has an epilogue to let the readers know what happened to Ms. Tec and her family after the war. I highly recommend this story for grade 10 European History or the equivalent course.

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Dry tears : the story of a lost childhood

Shelves: memoir-autobiographical-or-biograph , history-current-events-non-fictio , facing-history-themes , human-rights Beautifully written memoir by a woman who was 8 years old in Sept. She describes how she and her Jewish family survived in detail, through relationships with Christian Poles, in hiding where her parents had to hide completely but she and her sister took on the identities of two Polish girls and so could participate in helping to support their family. The characters are drawn fully and with generous complexity, so we see that the Polish family who are hiding them Beautifully written memoir by a woman who was 8 years old in Sept. The characters are drawn fully and with generous complexity, so we see that the Polish family who are hiding them death is the punishment if they are denounced are also unreflective antisemites, hating the imaginary stereotype which they take without question to be true, even though the real life examples in front of them bear no resemblance to it. In fact, they go to the father of the family for advice, and he shows himself to be the master diplomat. We watch as children learn to negotiate unspeakable experiences which the author is making sense of many years later in this memoir.

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Dry tears : the story of a lost childhood

Her father, Roman Bawnik, had owned a chemical factory and had felt confident that life for him, his wife, and two daughters, would probably remain the same. Within days, the factory was seized, Mr. Bawnik became an employee rather than an owner, Mrs. Bawnik became a housekeeper for the wife of a high-ranking Nazi official, and the girls began being tutored because they could no longer go to public school. The nightmare that was to last for the next six years began. Tec describes the disappearances of friends and relatives through Aktions, the beatings and murders on the streets, and the goal for the Germans of making Lublin "Judenfrei" free of Jews. Since Nechama and her sister could "pass" as Aryan Christians using false papers, the family had to find a place for them to stay safely away from their hometown where people knew that they were Jewish.

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Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood

The novel takes place from the view of Tec as a young child as her family struggles to stay hidden from German authorities in WWII. The entire time that her family is in hiding they are in constant fear that the German army will uncover them. Luckily, this never happens. During her journey, Tec is faced with multiple accounts of prejudice from her confidants. Those who are hosting the family often tell her how she could not be Jewish because of the way she acts.

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Reviewed by Shary Parker. The course is part of her honors requirements. This was her freshman year. My initial satisfaction at leaving Poland gave way to an uneasy feeling of rejection. Poland did not want me, it forced me to become someone else. My feeling of resentment was joined by regret, sadness, and a depressed tiredness.

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