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Malka [Hardcover]

By Mirjam Pressler (Author)
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When the round-ups start in the Polish village, Malka's mother knows she must get her daughters across the Hungarian border to safety-a place where Jews can live in peace. But escape proves harder than they could have ever imagined. Raw and bleeding feet, bad weather, fear and homesickness fill their nights, until little Malka falls very ill, and must be left behind to be brought across when the threat has passed.

But the threat doesn't pass. Separated from her family, Malka finds herself in a terrifying world full of strangers, starvation, and constant fear of Nazi round-ups. Completely alone, she struggles to stay hidden in alleyways and old cellars, unaware that miles away, a broken-hearted mother is searching frantically for her lost little girl . . .

A shocking and unforgettable story of a child's heroic fight to stay alive during one of the most intense moments in human history.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Philomel
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2003
Publisher   Philomel
ISBN  0399239847  
ISBN13  9780399239847  
UPC  048228018995  

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More About Mirjam Pressler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MIRJAM PRESSLER is one of Germany's most beloved authors. She was the German translator of Anne Frank's diary.

Mirjam Pressler was born in 1936.

Mirjam Pressler has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics

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Bittersweetly Wonderful Story!!!  May 14, 2007
Malka is clearly a five star book. It tells about all the hardships Malka, her sister Minna, and her mother Hannah went through during the Holocaust on their flee to Hungary and away from their homeland of Lawoczne, Poland. I could not stop reading after I started. I had to go on. I kept wondering; what will happen to Malka or Minna or Hannah? Will they survive? Right from the start, I got hooked on the bittersweet story of Malka and her family. I guarantee you that you will love this book, even if you don't like historical fiction!
Malka  Mar 17, 2006
It was a warm summer day and Malka's mother, Hannah had just mended a patient, when the German Police invaded the village of Kalne and a German officer told Hannah that she should take herself and her children across the Hungarian boarder. Ivan was the first guide that helped Malka, Hannah, and Minna, and he Guided them to the house of Mrs. Kowalski who offered to care for Malka so that she wouldn't have to walk anymore, but Hannah declined. Mrs. Kowalski told them about a man named Kapolowici who was a Jew tobacco smuggler. After crossing the Hungarian boarder Malka became ill, and Hannah looked to find Kapolowici and after Hannah convinced him to help her she took Malka into the home. Kapolowici promised that he would take Malka to Mukachevo to meet back up with Hannah and Minna, but after his neighbors suspected him of helping the girl he just shoved her out onto the street without anything at all. She wandered the streets for hours until the noise and smell of an inn drew her in, where she was then arrested. Then a man named Zygmunt smuggled her out of the boarder police station and took her to his home where Teresa, Julek, Mytek, and other sons where she lived happily for many weeks until a German officer found out what Zygmunt was doing and he was forced to take Malka to a Jewish ghetto where she lived with the Goldfaden family until there was an operation and Malka was left alone. Malka then left and hitched a ride on a train and reached Germany and fell sick in the train and when she got stuck in a trashcan and was picked up and woke up in a hospital. Then a man found her and took her to her mother but by then she had forgotten who her mother was.

I liked this book because it had a lot of information about how ad life was for Jews in the 1940's. The German officer was talking to Hannah about escaping across the boarder, and he talked really loud so that other people could hear, a Jew is a Jew and there is no difference no matter what. Malka and her family ere forced to leave their home because they were living in fear of the Germans. Jews also lived in the ghettoes of cities because of racial segregation. Germans also created operations where they resettled Jews and eventually killed them.

I did not like this book because of how poorly Malka was treated. First of all the Kapolowici's promised to take Malka to Mukachevo but instead he pushed her out on the street. Then after she was released from the prison with Yossel and Shlomo promised that take Malka over the mountains but when she woke up they were gone. Then when Malka was in the ghetto and there was an operation the Goldfadens left her there because they said that they didn't have enough supplies for her but they really just did not want to care for her anymore.

I really liked this book because it described many places and living conditions during its time period. This book took place in many different places, such as Poland, Hungary, and Germany. The family of escapees traveled across dandelion fields, mountains, grasslands, and forests. When Malka lived in Lawacozne she lived in a nice house and when they got across the boarder they were still seeing houses, but when Hannah and Minna got to the camp for Poland escapees they were living in very small and cramped apartments with horrible living conditions.

I really liked this book because I learned more about living conditions for Jews in the 1940's. I disliked this book because of how Malka was treated but I also liked this book because it had a lot different scenery. I really thought this book was very good but there were also some parts that I did not like.
The Lost Face  Mar 11, 2005
"Malka" is about a 10 year old girl who comes home after playing with one of the neighbors who is German. Malka goes home to find out that they have to leave their town of Lawoczne. They were leaving because the Germans were doing their operations to captures the Jews. She and her mother Hannah and sister Minna had stopped at a person's house who her mother had helped save a lady's husband survive a serious wound. They stopped and rested because Malka was very ill. Malka's mother who was a doctor that had helped a lot of people a long ways from home. When her sister and mother left they left Malka behind because she couldn't go much further. They were heading toward Hungary when they bumped into some people they new and started to travel together. When Malka got better she had to leave because the German operation was coming to check there house even though they were German, but they thought that they were helping the Jews which they were because they were nice people. Now Malka was left alone cold and scared. Then when she was walking the German border control. This went on during WW2. I liked this book because it gave very good descriptions of how she everything happened. Another reason is that the cover when you look at it, it made you say wow this looks like a really good book. The last is that at the end it made you think she might or might not make it through.
A powerful, emotional maelstrom that won't let go  Nov 14, 2003
This book was an incredible experience... I read it in one sitting because I couldn't bear to stop. It was such a powerful look into the reality of what Hitler did, not only to the Jews, but how he brought out the best and worst of the Germans and othe people. I was impressed by the reality of the character descriptions... every person in the story was imperfect, as all people are. It was painfully easy to identify with some of the characters. This may be a bit powerful for younger readers, but will be an excellent discussion starter for teens (and adults) who could use some insight into cause and effect.

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