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The Story of Blima, Holocaust Survivor a non-fiction book, by Shirley Russak Wachtel. It is about a young woman who survives the holocaust during WWII. Blima was a strong person who did what she could to survive by having hope and great people to rely on, while dealing with the Nazi Germans cruelty. The people in Blima’s life helped and comforted her. Although the Nazi Germans treated her with hatred, these events comprised what Blima learned about herself. Blima always had someone to comfort her during stressful times. Blima’s mother helped Blima realize how important she was to her. “And the truth is that you, of all my children, are most like me. In looks, perhaps. But more importantly, here she says, stroking the back of her hand across my forehead, and here, placing it now against my heart” (Page 23). Blima’s mother reminds her daughter that she is so much like herself. Blima is sent to a different camp, losing Gizella makes her think she will have no one there, she finds her sister-in-law Ruschia. Blima is happy to find her, and that some of her family is still alive. Blima almost faints from starving; Gizella gives her a piece of bread. “For the first time since my arrival at Grunberg I feel a fainting spell coming on. A chunk of thick rye bread floats before my eyes. Blima, she says, eat this bread now” (Page 71). Gizella was an important person that Blima relied on whom she also considered a mother. She helped Blima from starving and helped give her strength and the ability to survive. Blima’s strength and determination to survive the camp gave her hope that she would be set free. Blima is in the concentration camp for three years. “For three years I hang on surviving. But each day I feel will be the last before the door to freedom opens” (Page 78). Blima is trying to stay strong and survive the camp, hoping she will be set free soon. Blima learned how to sew to stay alive. “Can you sew? I have no clue how to sew even a sock, but I tell her I can”...
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