As Polish jews are rounded up in Warsaw and herded into the ghetto by invading Nazi guards no one thinks it will be long term. They come from all walks of life and each bring their skills, talents, faith and a will to survive. Soon, children who once played games are sneaking under fences to barter for goods, women are learning how to recycle already threadbare clothing and cook whatever food they can find and learning patience from multiple families sharing a small apartment.
Adam is better off than some as a widower and teacher he teaches the children English and offers them an escape. He becomes part of a project to interview and chronicle daily life in the ghetto to preserve their heritage. As the situation becomes more dire for all of them Adam finds comfort, friendship and more from a married roommate. Out of hate and despair comes a moment of love and tenderness. This historical fiction focuses on the people of the Warsaw ghetto and less on events. Their plight created lovers out of neighbors, community out of strangers while asking for ultimate sacrifice and unshakable faith. 4 stars
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