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Hostage to War: A True Story

by Tatjana Wassiljewa
Translated by Anna Trenter

Published by Scholastic Press, 1997
188 pages
ISBN: 0590134469

Age 12 and older

Wassiljewa's is an unusual World War II account in that as a child in Russia she was conscripted by the Germans for their work force. She did factory and farm work alongside adults. Her recollections of the many times she was close to starvation will be memorable for readers, as will her descriptions of the forced labor. The occasional humane acts and coincidences that saved her offer respite from an account that is often difficult to read--not to mention believe. Her chronologically organized memoir was written in Russian, translated into German; it was then translated from German into English for publication in Great Britain. She now lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. A short historical summary ends the book. CCBC categories: Biography and Autobiography; Issues in Today's World; Historical People, Places and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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