My Dearest Golden Child
A cold night in 1942, a seven-year-old Jewish girl is smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto. She jumps out into the darkness over the brick wall. The girl’s name is Kaja Finkler. Europe is devastated by the Second World War and it is life threatening to be Jewish.
Kaja manages to get to her father and they live together for some time. But the violence increases and Kaja’s father is beaten so badly that he dies. By then, Kaja’s mother has already been taken to an
Kaja is transported all alone to various camps under horrible circumstances. In May 1945, she is liberated in Bergen-Belsen, ten years old, seriously ill and malnourished.
Thanks to the Red Cross, she is taken to Sweden to be cured. When she recovers, she can bike and ski. She knows that her grandfather lives in New York and through him she learns that her mother has also survived the war. They can finally reunite and in 1946 they move to the United States. Kaja eventually became an anthropology professor. For a long time, she did not tell anyone about her background. But after more than 60 years of silence, here comes her own story.
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- “The language is concise and captivating. (…) It’s an exciting and shocking read that is also very informative.” - BTJ “[The book’s] stripped-down objectivity smolders, imbuing a child’s plight with an unusually powerful emotional charge.” – Peter Grönborg, Kristianstadsbladet “Kaja’s story is a truthful account from a survivor, gripping and impossible to put down.” – Karin Anderberg, Norra Skåne