Zosha Poznanska is an unsung Jewish heroine of World War II. Born in Kalisz Poland, she immigrated to Eretz Israel as a pioneer and for a brief time belonged to the group that founded Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek. Afterwards, she joined the Palestine Communist Party (Palestiner Kumunistishe Partie in Yiddish, abbreviated PKP), and from 1930 until her death she lived in France and Belgium.
On the eve of the war she was recruited into the Soviet spy network known as the Red Orchestra, which operated in Western Europe. Zosha was part of the inner core of the network, a third of whose members were Jews. Apparently unaware of the Jews’ participation in the Red Orchestra, Hitler declared, “The Bolsheviks surpass us in one area alone: espionage!” and he commanded his counterspies to eradicate this network at all costs.
This book tells the story of Zosha Poznanska through all the chapters of her short life: childhood, the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement in Poland, Eretz Israel and the PKP in the 1920s, Europe in the 1930s and the Red Orchestra. It tells of her loves, her relationships with family and friends, her daring activity in the Red Orchestra and her heroic struggle in a Gestapo prison. The State of Israel posthumously awarded Zosha a medal of honor for fighting the Nazis.
The book is written as a biographical novel and relies on exhaustive research; all fictional passages are derived from and based on extensive documentation.
The book was awarded the 2004 prize for top literary achievement, by the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel.
The name of this book intrigued me to read it! I am really glad that I read it, because of its rich and compelling subject. The book is about an unsung heroin of the World WAR II. I am a fan of biographical books, more than that I love anything related to World War II or jews. This book is a blend of both and thus loved reading it.
As I was reading the novel, I felt as if I was living the life and everything seemed so realistically compelling. The gripping portrait of a young woman who turned to be a Soviet spy during the second world war, as painted by the writer shows that he has done extensive research before writing the book. Apart from the life of Zosha, you also get to learn so many interesting facts about the time period, which I enjoyed the most.
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The way the writer has written the story and crafted the life of Zosha forces you to keep reading until you reach the end. It is quite engaging as well as intriguing at the same time. I am really thankful to Yehudit Kafri for writing this book and Anne Pace for translating it into English. This is quite a thought provoking and insightful book, especially for people who are fond of historical fiction.