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We Were the Lucky Ones

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Robert Fass, Kathleen Gati

15 Hours 36 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2017

Audio Book Summary


Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. 
“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely.” —Glamour
It 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 century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

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  • Patty H

    It was a great read enjoyed it from beginning to end and the Author's note at the end was touching ~

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  • Shannon G

    And incredible story! Don't miss out on this one!

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  • Jocelyn K.

    Amazing book. I learned so much about this time in history

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  • Catherine V.

    This is the story if a huge family that, against all odds, survived the nazis during World War II in Poland. Of course they are separated and follows a ten years Odyssey all over the World. The book has harrowing moments that will go strait to your heart and will make you sob non stop. I learned a lot about the fate of the Polish Jews during these dark times for humanity. While the title lets us understand that they will see each other again, the fact that we know, doesn’t take anything away to the suspense in the story. The book is riveting and all I did for three days is listen to it. Definitely one to remember!

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  • Pam W.

    The narrator was one of the best I've every listened to. There were many accents required and some dialog in foreign languages. She was masterful and kept me rapt with attention. What a wonderful , and heart-wrenching, true story of one Polish/Jewish family during WW2. I loved this book and didn't want it to end.

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  • Amy M.

    Beautifully written. A heartwrenching tale that makes you feel the emotions right along with the characters. A monument to the endurance of the human spirit.

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  • Cynthia L.

    Incredible book. A must read for everyone. So well written that you feel like you are part of the story.

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  • Megan C.

    I could not stop listening! What an incredible story. I love the narrator!

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  • Anonymous

    Everything about this book is captivating. The narrator does a great job too. I highly recommend it!

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