NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERInspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to surviveand to reuniteWe Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all oddsLove in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely. GlamourIt is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth centurys darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive....
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We Were the Lucky Ones Reviews
This historical fiction on based on author's careful research that traces her family from Poland to across the world. Several present-tense perspectives provide experiences of The Kurc's, a Jewish family spanning three generations, as each member battles to survive WWII and genocide. While some accounts are moving "We Were the Lucky Ones" lacks some layers. I think this book needed a strong central character with more emotional depth. .
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Y'all, this book was phenomenal. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It may not have the emotional connection of The Nightingale, or the beautiful prose of All the Light We Cannot See, but the just-slightly-fictionalized story of the Kurcs Family is one of the most amazing WWII stories I have read.
As with many historical fiction I read, I began with some light research to figure out how much of the book was true and how much was fictionalized. What I found left me in awe.
At 15 years old, Hunter ...more
4.5 Stars. (Really 5 stars, but I'm not ready to accept the enormity of this true tale of the cruelty we do to others and our power to overlook another's suffering.)
This is one of those books that will live on inside of me for years to come.
Based on the author's real life family's history, this is a harrowing, bone-chilling account of what it took to survive WWII as a Jewish Polish citizen in Poland, Italy and France. One family's history of determination to get back to each other, and when that ...more
Indringend...schrijnend...waargebeurd verhaal over de Poolse, joodse familie Kurc, die als één van de weinigen WOII weten te overleven...dit verhaal komt bij je binnen...grijpt je bij de keel...en laat je niet meer los...
Sol en Nechuma, Genek, Mila, Addy, Jakob en Halina(alsmede hun partners), zij hebben WOII weten te overleven op karakter en met een hele grote dosis 'geluk'. Zij hebben , ieder op eigen wijze, de kracht gevonden te overleven in de meest mensonterende omstandigheden. En ook uit d ...more
What a fantastic debut novel! How the Kurc family survived the atrocities of WWII is an amazing true story of courage & determination. The thing that stood out to me about this novel was that the experiences of the members of this one family were so diverse. Only complaint was that being a large family it was difficult trying to keep track of who, when and where everyone was. I did notice, however, that the print version includes a character chart which would've helped out a lot. This is ano ...more
As the Kurc family, a Polish-Jew family, is having its last meal together (they do not know this yet), they talk about babies and their growing family. While they see signs of a potential struggle, they also believe it will not amount to much. As Hitler grows in power though, they are sadly proven wrong. In their race to survive, they flee, hide in plain sight or resort to just about anything that will increase the likelihood of being able to see each other again. Through five continents and six ...more
3.5 Any book about a Jewish family caught in the horrific web of the Holocaust is, by its very nature, going to be difficult reading. Heartbreaking. This is based on the lives of the author's family, something she didn't have a hint about until the age of nine. There are so many of these books, so many based on true events but what set this one apart is the scope of narrative. Starting in Radom, Poland, the Kurc family, mother, father, four adult children, the youngest son already in France, are ...more
This is such a wonderfully written story about a Jewish family struggling to survive during the war and the Holocaust. The book is a little hard to follow at first because there are so many family members and each chapter gives an update on what is happening to a different family member but once you get used to who everyone is, it's a lot easier to follow their plight. Any time I read about what the Jews went through during Hitler's reign and how especially the Polish community was decimated, it ...more