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The sewers of life

It is tempting to think that we do not need any more stories about the Holocaust. But Angela Lambert welcomes this extraordinary account of how a brother and sister survived

By Angela Lambert   July 1998

I met the author of this book five years ago, at a private showing of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Janina and her brother Joseph had been invited because an enterprising researcher had discovered that they had survived the final clearing of the Cracow ghetto in March 1943. A scene from the film showed Jews evading death by scrambling through a manhole into the city’s sewers. Janina, then aged 12, and Joseph, 19, were among them. Fifty years later, I sat beside them as, dry-eyed, they watched that moment re-enacted on screen.

Moved by the film, I was far more moved…

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