We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter is a 2017 book based on World War Two events experienced by the author’s Jewish ancestors. I have read many books about the war, but this is the first I think I have read about Jewish people living in Poland during the German and Soviet invasions and subsequent occupation.
This is a gut-wrenching story told with exceptional skill. So good that I am astounded by this being Hunter’s first book! Her extensive research is presented in a way which brings her family members to life as they struggled to survive unspeakable horrors, humiliation, and degradation. I felt I knew these people and broke down sobbing near the end of the book when their long, grueling suffering ended.
What makes this book unique, as the title conveys, is that so many of the nuclear family survived the war. Their courage and fortitude is inspirational.
I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best historical books I have read.