The Girl in the Red Coat by Roma Ligocka with Iris von Finckenstein lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Sceptre, 2002, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: When Roma Ligocka went with other holocaust survivors to the premiere of Spielbergs Schindlers List, she was shocked to find herself confronted with her past. There on the screen, picked out in red against the black and white film, Roma recognised herself the girl in the red coat. As the scenes rotted by echoing the horror of her troubled memories, she realised the extent to which she had failed to come to terms with her childhood anguish.
Born in 1938 Roma spent her childhood in the Krakow ghetto, where her family suffered appallingly in the harrowing conditions. With Jews shot indiscriminately, she soon learned that her own life was worthless. Managing to escape in 1943, she and her mother were sheltered by a Polish family, who were moved by the sight of the vulnerable little girl in her red coat. But whenever danger threatened, they were forced to move on never in safety narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Germans.
Roma was one of a minority of hidden children to survive the Holocaust. After the extreme conditions of the war, her new life was exciting, if unusual. Living through Stalinist rule, finding her place in the bohemian Krakow art scene with cousin Roman Polanski, travelling in Europe, becoming a wife and mother Roma achieved great success in all that came her way. But memories of childhood trauma are deep-seated and despite her successful life, the resonating effects of her past gradually took their toll.
Now, after 50 years. Roma has finally been able to lay to rest the traumatic events of her past. Revisiting the misery of her early years, this powerful and moving memoir examines its encroaching effects on her life, as she writes honestly about rising above the sorrow, while still acknowledging the past.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
326 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Biography category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…