In her forthright and popular memoir, Toronto author Kitty Wintrob tells the captivating story of her experiences as a ten-year-old Jewish girl evacuated from London’s hard-scrabble East End at the start of World War Two. Kitty is not a child from the Kindertransport, but a Jewish Londoner who is evacuated along with the rest of London’s children to the safety of the British countryside.
A spirited 10-year-old girl, Kitty is stunned at the hardships she has to endure from her “foster parents” in the country, and is determined to escape back to her Mum in London — a city soon under siege from German bombs. But after lodging in a series of foster homes, she decides that not even the imminent threat of Nazi bombs can keep her away from her Mum and Uncle Yudi in London.
Swept up as a girl in the greatest civilian evacuation in British history, Kitty Wintrob has written a heartfelt memoir that has become a Now and Then Books “bestseller” popular in Canada, United States and Israel. A new epilogue brings the story up to the war’s end and the historic Victory celebration outside Buckingham Palace. Great for adults and perfectly suitable for young readers aged 8 and up.
“[Kitty] is a very strong and engaging character, even at her young age.” — Jewish Book World
“The details are absorbing — the makeshift schools, the East End seder, the pickle lady fishing a herring from the barrel, her fingers ‘red as beets from the cold and from wiping them dry on her apron.’ Wintrob gets completely inside her young personality.” — London Jewish Chronicle
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