Book Review:  Youth in Flames

Youth in Flames

A Teenager’s Resistance and Her Fight for Survival in the Warsaw Ghetto
by Aliza Vitis-Shomron

Concierge Marketing Inc.

Tell the Story Publishing
History, Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 17 Aug 2015 

I was given a copy of Youth in Flames through the publisher and Netgalley:

 She was born Liza Melamed.  The diary/Memoir begins just months after she was liberated from the Nazi’s.  Born in 1928 she spent five and a half years of her life in war.  On April.13 1945 her and her Mother and younger sister were liberated from Bergen-Belsen, having been separated from her Father they looked for his name on the survivors list to no avail.

In the fall of 1940 things were different for Jews, that Summer she had turned twelve, but there would be no celebration.

Aliza was born in Warsaw Poland, they made their living from a small haberdashery store they had in a large market, and a soda factory with a store next to it.   When she was only six she lost her Mother.  She goes too talk about life in the Warsaw Ghetto, the overcrowding, filth and disease the horrific conditions they were forced.  She talks about the kidnappings of some of the youth in The Warsaw Ghetto.  Schools and clubs were closed.  In 1941 a Typhus epidimeic took hold in the Ghetto.

Starvation and death were common place in The Warsaw Ghetto.

Youth in Flames is a story of great loss, but it is also a story of survival against all odds.

I give Youth in Flames five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.


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