The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat As a child in German occupied Poland Roma Ligocka was known for the bright strawberry red coat she wore against a tide of gathering darkness Fifty years later Roma an artist living in Germany atte

  • Title: The Girl in the Red Coat
  • Author: Roma Ligocka Iris Von Finckenstein Margot Bettauer Dembo
  • ISBN: 9780385337403
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a child in German occupied Poland, Roma Ligocka was known for the bright strawberry red coat she wore against a tide of gathering darkness Fifty years later, Roma, an artist living in Germany, attended a screening of Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List, and instantly knew that the girl in the red coat the only splash of color in the film was her Thus began a harrowiAs a child in German occupied Poland, Roma Ligocka was known for the bright strawberry red coat she wore against a tide of gathering darkness Fifty years later, Roma, an artist living in Germany, attended a screening of Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List, and instantly knew that the girl in the red coat the only splash of color in the film was her Thus began a harrowing journey into the past, as Roma Ligocka sought to reclaim her life and put together the pieces of a shattered childhood The result is this remarkable memoir, a fifty year chronicle of survival and its aftermath With brutal honesty, Ligocka recollects a childhood at the heart of evil the flashing black boots, the sudden executions, her mother weeping, her father vanished then her own harrowing escape and the strange twists of fate that allowed her to live on into the haunted years after the war Powerful, lyrical, and unique among Holocaust memoirs, The Girl in the Red Coat eloquently explores the power of evil to twist our lives long after we have survived it It is a story for anyone who has ever known the darkness of an unbearable past and searched for the courage to move forward into the light.

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    • Jeanne says:

      Yes this is a harrowing story about this little girl and a fascinating insight to what it must have been like in Krakow at that time. Sadly I did not warm to the author. She came across as obsessed with herself. Throughout the book she seems to want to put across how beautiful she was and how men would pursue her and ask to marry her at the drop of a hat. This may well be the case but I really felt I did not need this information. This author, despite her terrible childhood, did not ever have to [...]

    • Meaghan says:

      It would really be misleading to call this a Holocaust memoir. Roma Ligocka does write about the Holocaust, but she was a very young child during that time and her vague, fragmentary memories of it take up only a few chapters of the book. The rest of the book is about her growing up and her adulthood as an artist. I didn't find the book all that interesting, and I thought Roma liked to promote herself a lot, talking about how beautiful she was, etc. Interesting detail: Roma's cousin is the famou [...]

    • Laura says:

      I read this book over the course of a day because I found it hard to put it down. It's well written and very compulsive. I found some of it very distressing and I got quite upset during the first half of it. This is partly down to the subject matter, but mostly down to the fact that the observations of the horror are written from the perspective of a young child. The simplicity of the writing and the confusion of the child are very moving.It's an autobiography of Roma Ligocka and starts with her [...]

    • Nick Handfield-Jones says:

      Thoughts: 1. I would hesitate to call this a Holocaust memoir; it's more of a life memoir. And for the most part, it works. Half of the book is during the war, and the second half follows her life afterwards. The transition between the two sections is really well handled. 2. Ligocka writes her memoir almsot like a novel. It's very beginning-middle-end, with the various people in her life weaving in and out like characters of a play. I think that she misses beats in some areas. I felt some of the [...]

    • Peachy Macauley says:

      This is not a book about her life as a holocaust survivor. Rather, a memoir of what came to be her life after escaping the horrors of the holocaust. As such, it is misleading. I won't take away that it is an easy read, and because it is written as memory recollections, it is interesting. It is not daunting, harrowing, or even captivating. In fact, I was taken aback at how manipulative, selfish, and ignorant she turned out to be! After all her mother went through!! Cannot recommend this book as a [...]

    • Kate Hamlet says:

      I really felt that this could have been over halfway through the book. The author seems to be craving attention and is awfully spoiled as you'll find in the second half of the book. I found her to be whiny about the people and events in her life (not the Holocaust parte rest of her life). The part about her going through the Holocaust was really good. After that though it seemed like she didn't want to wrap it up and by the end of her book I didn't care for her much. She even complained that she [...]

    • Naomi Sarah says:

      Very sad, well-written, and the descriptions of the food are enough to make you REALLY hungry. However, I didn't love the characters and it got kind of boring, especially nearing the end.

    • Tabitha says:

      Man where do I even start? I guess I should say that first off, this is so much more than a memoir. Ligocka's story speaks to the struggles we all face; to fit in, to love ourselves, to seek pleasure in life that doesn't come at the expense of others needing us (nor us needing them in an unhealthy way). While her story is one that begins in the brutal and tragic time of the Holocaust, it winds up in a place that I defy any reader to be unable to connect to. Love, loss, depression, addiction th [...]

    • Allyson says:

      This was an incredibly moving read, but I had two objections. I thought she actually was the one in the red coat- it was a metaphor only, probably something a lot of reviewers unwittingly passed on and I distrusted a lot of her early memories. Not so much the memories, just the pure dialogue involved. Why can writers not simply provide a general impression of early recollections, rather than entire dialogue there is no possibility of being truthful? This was my big complaint against The Glass Ca [...]

    • Mindy says:

      Great book. Moving. Important. Great perspective on the years after the war for this particular survivor.

    • Naomi says:

      Beautifully written personal account of growing up in Krakow during the WWII and the impact on her life.

    • Anke says:

      Ich schwanke zwischen drei und vier Sternen. Hin- und hergerissen zwischen dem Unfassbaren, was sie als Kind durchmachen musste. Und wie so eine Kindheit sich tief verwurzelt. Aber auch irritiert vom Egoismus dieser Frau. Schreibt sie das Buch zum verarbeiten? Oder weil sie gerne berühmt ist und es mag, « ihren Namen in einer Zeitung zu lesen ». Unsicher. Zweifellos eine Zeit, die sprachlos macht. Ihre Mutter ist mit Sicherheit die größere Heldin und interessantere Person für mich.

    • Sennett says:

      Gives a fascinating insight in trauma, collective trauma, and the way both are passed down through generations.However, the writing leaves much to be desired, and the overly melancholic tone make it a trial to get through.In short: it's interesting but boring. Perfect material for a book report.

    • Cynthia says:

      This book was recommended by our tour manager on our trip last month. Having just been in Krakow, Warsaw, and Auschwitz, where we learned the tragic history of Poland, made this memoir so meaningful to me. It was very painful to read the author's recollections but inspiring to see how the survivors were able to cope.

    • Deb says:

      Although interesting, I felt there were 2 authors on this book. One as a child & one as an adult. It was very disjointed.

    • Renee Meyer says:

      wow. what an excellent story. I couldn't put it down

    • Cassy says:

      I love this book. I've read it a few times now and it's still one of the most powerful books that I've read, which is interesting because it's one of the few Holocaust survivor stories where she wasn't in a camp. She spent the whole war running and hiding from the Nazis.Roma was actually very young when the Nazis invaded Poland, only about three but she remembers so much. She remembers her grandmother dying to protect her when she was five, her mother getting her out of the ghetto when she was t [...]

    • Ola says:

      Since I like books set in different times and places, after the Polish urban fantasy book, I decided to read something entirely different. Because I had little time to return this book [a friend got it from a library and has to return it there asap], it took me only 2 days to read this 351 pages long book. This autobiography is about Holocaust, which is not the lightest and most entertaining topic.The author first describes living and trying to survive in the ghetto [in Kraków]. She describes t [...]

    • Sharon says:

      I don't know how to review this book. It seems crass to say anything negative about anyone who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust so I'm a bit wary of how to write my thoughts down. Here goes - okay, firstly the author IS NOT the little girl in the red coat based on the famous scene from Schindler's List, even though this book's title seems to trade in on that somewhat. Simply, Roma "identified" with the little girl because she too had a bright red coat. That's not really important I sup [...]

    • Graceann says:

      After a lifetime of dealing, sometimes successfully, often not, with the atrocities she witnessed during the liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto, Roma Ligocka was urged to see Schindler's List and was astounded to see a small child wearing a bright red coat in a black and white film. The little girl, though Spielberg says it was not based on any one person, was Roma. She was known throughout the Ghetto as The Girl in the Red Coat; a splash of colour in a grey world. Roma and her mother hid where th [...]

    • Emily Wiersma says:

      Roma Ligocka is the Girl in the Red Coat seen in Shindler's List this was her story. A story full heartache, sadness, and the horrors man inflicts on man. Ligocka puts her story out there with amazing detail from her early years and throughout her life. She recounts the horrifing ordeals she lived through in the Krakow ghetto where you lived in fear everyday of your life. She recounts her hiding so her and her mother wouldn't be sent to a concentration camp. And her later years with her struggle [...]

    • Erika says:

      This really should be a 3 star plus rating, but I really didn't love it. I think I heard too many good things about it before I read it, so I was a little disappointed. I liked the character, and really liked the fact that you saw her journey through life, as compared to most books of this sort that kind of end right after the war. She comes into her own as an adult, and deals with things as a survivor of the war, which we get to see. The writing about her being in the war, as a tiny child were [...]

    • Wendy Johnson says:

      I've read many books on the holocaust, but none like this. Roma Ligocka seen herself on screen as 'the girl in the red coat' when watching Schindlers List and needed to write her story. She was a child that lived in the ghetto with her family and actually escaped the ghetto and thus the concentration camps with her mother. Even then, she witnessed so many horrors. This autobiography tells of her life from the flight of her mother and her hiding from the Germans, what happened to her family, then [...]

    • Sheri says:

      So this woman Roma lives through a horrendous time in history in Poland during the Holocoust and, as an adult, reluctantly goes to see Schlinder's List and is stunned to see a clip of a little girl in a red coat and realizes that it's her. So far in her life she has pressed down all the memories of that time in her life and has not come to terms with it at all. What it has done has caused a blanket of depression to cover her life and she has not been happy in her marriages. She has a son, Jakob [...]

    • imbirowa says:

      „Dopiero dużo później zdałam sobie sprawę z tego, że psychiczne rany ofiar Holocaustu ranią również ich dzieci.”Tematyka Holocaustu jest trudna do opisania już sama w sobie, a co dopiero z perspektywy małej dziewczynki w czerwonym płaszczyku, która dorastała w tamtych czasach. Poznajemy realia życia w krakowskim getcie oraz sytuację Żydów już po zakończeniu wojny. W książce nie brakuje informacji odnośnie relacji pomiędzy Żydami a katolikami oraz świąt czy zwyczaj [...]

    • Sabrina Davis says:

      I’ve read this book the first time as a 17yo half my life ago, during a school exchange to France, staying with a lovely French family in the Normandie, devouring this book each night. I loved it so much, it stayed in my memory ever since. Back then I read it in German. Now being 34 years old, I’ve read it in English, being a mum and living abroad in Australia far away from my home country Germany. The book was harder to read in English, less emotional, I thought but still the story is raw, [...]

    • Cassandra says:

      I read this book by happy coincidence and found the beginning to really capture myself as an audience. As I got further into the book, I found that the book was so in-depth and really well written that it was impossible not to enjoy it.As an author already getting a book published, I found this to be a historically accurate, beautifully told story that seriously showed an audience the raw emotion in her life.Roma Ligocka's life is one of great triumpth in my opinion and it was a plessure to read [...]

    • Kagama-the Literaturevixen says:

      Interesting and sad(well she did survived but it was still sad in places)read about a girl who grew up in hiding during the WWII.The blurb is a bit misleading though seeming to imply that the author was the basis for the girl in the movie "Schindlers list" wearing a red coat during the purging of the jewish ghetto. I have always found this scene so movingenpedia/wiki/Schindleyoutube/watch?v=j1VL-yThe author as a child wore a red coat as a child when she was in the ghetto but when watching the mo [...]

    • Irene says:

      This is my travel book. I do not know how I missed this holocaust testimonial book, but I am glad to be reading it. some of what is written is most likely stories told to this woman after WWII because her independent memory would not be so mature. I have listened to stories about WWII almost my entire life and most people have many blank areas or retro amnesia.I will say it is a well written testimonail and I am grateful that read her story. Schindler's List I could feel the boots of the Nazi's [...]

    • Elke says:

      Een aangrijpend levensverhaal over een joodse vrouw die de Tweede Wereldoorlog overleefde. Goed geschreven en het las vlot.Wel vond ik het jammer dat ze het boek verkopen als oorlogsverhaal terwijl dit enkel en alleen in de eerste helft van het boek wordt besproken. De rest van het boek ging over het verdere leven van Roma. Ook interessant, zeker en vast, maar dit hadden ze wel mogen vermelden. Ik vond het een interessant verhaal, zeker omdat ik zelf een aantal plaatsen die in het boek vernoemd [...]

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