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‘A remarkable tale of survival, in which Jewish life in pre-war Poland and the atrocities of the Holocaust appear through an almost dreamlike lens of childhood memory’ Jeremy Dronfield, bestselling author of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz
‘Mala’s Cat is fresh, unsentimental and utterly unpredictable… this memoir, rescued from obscurity by the efforts of Mala Kacenberg’s five children, should be read and cherished as a new, vital document of a history that must never be allowed to vanish’ Julie Orringer for the New York Times
‘It’s an account of astounding courage and resourcefulness . . . The real miracle here is the vitality of Kacenberg’s faith and determination’ Mail on Sunday
‘To read Mala’s Cat is to enter a dreamscape of horrors seen through innocent eyes’ Jewish Chronicle
In a small Polish village, Mala Kacenberg grew up in the
comfort of her family. Until the Nazis arrived.
Her village was torn apart. Her family were murdered.
And Mala had no one left.
Except she wasn’t alone. Her beloved cat, Malach, remained by her side.
They were forced to hide in the forest. Food was impossible to find.
And with German soldiers hunting them at every turn, they were never safe.
Alone, they would have died.
But could they somehow survive together?
This is the astonishing true story of one girl’s journey through the
Holocaust, and the guardian angel who gave her the strength to live.