The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours: A Memoir of the Second World War by Lilka Trzcinska-CroydonThe Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours: A Memoir of the Second World War by Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon

The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours: A Memoir of the Second World War

byLilka Trzcinska-CroydonForeword byNorman Davies

Hardcover | October 28, 2004

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Lilka Trzcinska was fourteen years old when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. The daughter of an architect, Lilka was a high school student at the time. When schools were closed by the occupier, she, along with her siblings, continued their education in secret classes, and joined the Polish Home Army– the secret resistance force.

Lilka and her family were arrested by the Gestapo in 1943 and sent to the political prison Pawiak, then to Auschwitz. There, Lilka's mother died and her younger sister was sent off to another camp. The rest of the family was put to work in the camp building offices. After being transported to a number of other camps (in one instance by a way of a three-day march), the three sisters were reunited in 1945, and shortly thereafter liberated by the British. Lilka later went to Italy to continue her education, moving to Canada in 1948.

The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours is the memoir of a survivor. Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon narrates her adolescence and that of her sisters and brother in a way that binds poetry and history together seamlessly. It describes the strength of the family ties and solidarity that help them emerge from their horrific ordeal with their dignity intact.

As many as 150,000 Polish political prisoners were taken during the war, half of whom died in the camps. This memoir is a testament to their struggle.

Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon is a semi-retired child and adolescent psychoanalyst living in Toronto.
Title:The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours: A Memoir of the Second World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:180 pages, 9.29 × 6.2 × 0.79 inPublished:October 28, 2004Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802039588

ISBN - 13:9780802039583

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'Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon's The Labyrinth of Dangerous Hours is an incredibly moving and gripping account of her early adolescence and youth in the Polish resistance to the Nazis and, after her family's arrest, her struggles to survive physically and psychologically as a political prisoner in the death camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belson. At the same time, in a style that is both simple and elegant and that repeatedly merges into poetry, she writes of the love that sustained her through her ordeal and sustains her still ... She has given us a remarkable testament of love and faith in the face of evil and death.'