Review: Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 by Heda Margolius Kovaly

Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968
Heda Margolius Kovaly
Paperback, 192 pages

Published January 5th 2012 by Granta Books

Source: Own copy

The story of a Czechoslovakian Jew, Heda Kovaly, who was sent to Auschwitz during World War II. She escaped the death camp and made her way back to Prague. But the horrors did not end with the war–her husband became a victim of the Stalinist purges. – Goodreads

My Opinion: This was really well written. I had to read this for a class but I enjoyed it so much that I thought you guys should check this out. Its about the author, Heda, and how she survived World War II. I have to say that the way this is written is very captivating and made me want to keep read the entire book in one sitting (which is basically what I ended up doing), but anyways, the author talks about the ways that she kept her family going basically and avoiding any extremely bad situations except for some experiences that are unavoidable, for lack of a better word.

I felt as though I got an actual experience for what life during WWII would have been like. The ways that Kovaly wrote the book, its so easy to feel what she felt during that time, the tension of your neighbors watching your every move… it’s intense.

I definitely recommend this to you history buffs and also to others that just want to experience some nonfiction that is a heavier topic but also so intriguing that you can not wait to finish and find out how it ends.

Overall: 5 out of 5


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