An Incredible True Story of Survival Audacity and Deception from the Darkest Days of the Holocaust.

December 1944 whilst heavy snows fall over Budapest and soldiers battle for the streets, Georgina a young Jewish woman, is nearly starving to death with her new born son. The battle outside is one of the most savage in the entire war. She knows that to go into the streets is virtually a death sentence or rape, but she must find food within the next few hours or her baby will certainly die. For Georgina there is no choice.

Alone and completely vulnerable she heads out into the freezing cold. Georgina My Mother’s Story is an incredible true story of one woman’s bravery and daring in Hungary during the Holocaust and through the brutal communist regime beyond. It’s the story of a carefree young woman thrust into the worst tragedy in human history- and emerging triumphant.


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5starGabriella Kovac and Oliver R. Shead’s non-fiction memoir, Georgina: Holocaust Memoirs, is a gripping and suspenseful look at the history of Hungary during the early and mid-20th century and the plight of Jews in that country between the First and Second World Wars. Gabriella, Georgina’s daughter, weaves her family’s tale with precision and grace, sharing parts of Holocaust history that are lesser known to most. I have long been a student of the Second World War and the Holocaust, and found that Kovac and Shead’s narrative illuminated unfamiliar landscapes in this tragic and ugly part of history. Georgina is a marvel, truly a force of nature who combines courage, ingenuity and certainty in exactly the right measures. The anecdotes and memories Kovac shares about her mother are unforgettable and poignant, and the fact that, unlike so many other survivor stories, Georgina’s family did survive intact is a triumphant note shining above the discordance of that awful time. Georgina: Holocaust Memoirs is most highly recommended.

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite