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We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.
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We were the Lucky Ones - lecture by Georgia Hunter

Following the Footsteps of the Characters in We Were the Lucky Ones. Author Georgia Hunter uses this interactive map to show where one Jewish family, .. in D.C., the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, and the Sikorski.
Georgia Hunter

We Were the Lucky Ones

We Were The Lucky Ones is a strange title for a book about the Holocaust, but we keep it in mind throughout the stories of the most difficult years in the lives of the Kurc family, beginning in prewar Poland. Although every page brings new atrocities to the Kurcs, we are aware that this family is considered lucky. We know that in the end, the Kurc family will have miraculously survived — they are among the Jewish survivors of the 30, who once lived in Radom, Poland. Twenty years later, she would be well on her way on a journey that took her to visit her relatives who now number over and explore areas of Brazil, France, Israel, Poland, America and more to piece together this story of survival against all odds. The book tells the stories of the different family members as each one desperately wonders where the others are. Many of the scenes described here, pieced together by the family members living through the war, their future generations and other survivors who went through and witnessed the same kinds of events, are tales that are lesser-told from that time.

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Yet, her entire family survived. Despite the many horrific details of their experience, this is a story of hope, inspiration, and true grit., The Kurc family was assimilated into Polish life before the war.

The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. Author Georgia Hunter gave us some insight into her writing and research, and then we created an interactive map that shows where in the world the Kurc family fled to.

This event is free and open to the public. Location: Post Rd. When Georgia was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Georgia makes her home in Connecticut. A brave and mesmerizing debut, and a truly tremendous accomplishment. Hunter sidesteps hollow sentimentality and nihilism, revealing instead the beautiful complexity and ambiguity of life in this extraordinarily moving tale.

The public is invited to a reading and book signing with Georgia Hunter on Thursday, March 9, at p. Hunter chose to interview her grandmother. In the process, she learned that her recently deceased grandfather, Eddy Courts, had a history she never imagined. Eddy, born Addy Kurc, was one of five children raised in Radom, Poland, in a Jewish family that was profoundly affected by the Holocaust. I assumed he was American through and through. It is spring , and increasing anti-Jewish sentiment has the community on edge. The close-knit Kurcs want to believe the danger is slight.

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