Amazing Story
»
»
This was a great account to read about the Holocaust mainly because it has an uplifting ending. The sheer nature of the horrific event does not lend itself to hope or happy outcomes, so to have a memoir written about the Holocaust which has a family surviving the event together and coming out the other end in tact, is a very nice change of pace.

Chiger’s story demonstrates how incredibly trying times, highlight individuals’ strengths and weaknesses. The “good” people are described as being absolutely good, and “bad” people are equally bad. One of the sewer workers, Leopold Socha who found himself responsible for keeping this group alive by bringing them food and supplies, is spoken of very highly. He is always described as being fair and good despite his past in petty crime and multiple times, Chiger describes him as an angel. Likewise, Chiger's father is described as an amazing role model who was not only gentle and kind, but also incredibly smart. He crafted multiple secret hiding places for his family and managed to become the obsession of the Nazi leader in charge of Lvov. This obsession is depicted as a strange cat and mouse game, with Chiger’s father continually outsmarting this dangerous (and deranged) man. He seemed to be a perfect father who always knows just what he needs to do to keep his family safe. These two men were no doubt amazing people, but the extreme circumstances they were placed in, forced them to rely on their strengths, bringing them to the forefront and obscuring any faults that they had.

Like all books on this topic, there were hard to read moments, but it was a very worthwhile read. I would not call it entertaining, but it was informative and overall, is an amazing story. Also, if you want to see a film based on the events in this book, you should check out In Darkness.