Little Girl Lost
Little Girl Lost
By Betty Rich
“The more we felt the Germans' heavy boots in our lives, the more I knew I had to leave... but I was scared. Where was I going to go? What would I live on?”
When the Nazis invade her small town of Zdunska Wola, Poland in 1939, sixteen-year-old Betty Rich escapes into Soviet-occupied Poland. Over the next five years, her journey takes her thousands of kilometres from a forced labour camp in the far north of the USSR to the subtropical Soviet Georgian region and back to Poland. After the war, Betty and her husband flee from the Polish Communist regime and eventually immigrate to Toronto. Rich’s poetic memoir, Little Girl Lost, is “a montage of graphic snapshots and moments in motion… both testimony and a meditation on what it meant to her sense of self to endure and survive as a young woman growing into adulthood in exile.”
About the Author
Betty Rich was born Basia Kohn in Zdunska Wola, Poland on June 10, 1923, the second youngest in a family of seven children. She spent the war years in the Soviet Union and after the war lived in Lodz, Poland, where she married her husband, David Recht. They fled the Polish Communist regime in January 1949 and arrived in Toronto later that year. Betty and David had two children and four grandchildren. David became a real estate developer and after his untimely death in August 1971, Betty took over management of one of his buildings and continued to work in mortgages and investments until her retirement. Betty still lives on her own in Toronto.
- Release: August 31, 2011
- $14.95 Paperback
- 248 Pages
- 6 x 9
- ISBN: 9781897470251
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