Ludwika



It S World War II And Ludwika Gierz, A Young Polish Woman, Is Forced To Leave Her Family And Go To Nazi Germany To Work For An SS Officer There, She Must Walk A Tightrope, Learning To Live As A Second Class Citizen In A World Where One Wrong Word Could Spell Disaster And Every Day Could Be Her Last Based On Real Events, This Is A Story Of Hope Amid Despair, Of Love Amid Loss Ultimately, It S One Woman S Story Of Survival.Editorial ReviewThis Is The Best Kind Of Fiction It S Based On The Real Life Ludwika S Story Highlights The Magnitude Of Human Suffering Caused By WWII, Transcending Multiple Generations And Many Nations.WWII Left No One Unscarred, And Ludwika S Life Illustrates This Tragic Fact But She Also Reminds Us How Bright The Human Spirit Can Shine When Darkness Falls In That Unrelenting Way It Does During Wartime.This Book Was A Rollercoaster Ride Of Action And Emotion, Skilfully Told By Mr Fischer, Who Brought Something Fresh And New To A Topic About Which Thousands Of Stories Have Already Been Told Ludwika

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten German father and a Bavarian mother Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a smal

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  • 253 pages
  • Ludwika
  • Christoph Fischer
  • English
  • 14 July 2017

10 thoughts on “Ludwika

  1. says:

    There is no doubt that the second world war provides a backdrop for an author to tell a great story This author uses the war to tell the story of Ludwika and her family Ludwika is Polish and has a very tough experience throughout the war What I loved about this book was that the author manages to convey the terrible events and tragedy of the war not by describing huge battles or the big political decisions but by focusing on this one woman and her personal experiences Through Ludwika we understand what war does to the average person such as ourselves rather than the Generals and politicians This is a real page turner and I couldn t stop reading, needing to know what would happen to Ludwika and her family In places it is a tough read and I shed a tear at the end The characters are well described and the author reveals the full range of human emotions through the different characters I enjoyed the fact that the author revealed the human side of some of the German characters who were not by default all bad.They were difficult times, which people today often struggle to understand This book helps you understand the reality of living through desperate times and the impact on one family, which sadly was mirrored by many others We have to be grateful we were born in a different time Highly recommended

  2. says:

    I have been wanting to read a Christoph Fischer for quite some time now as I was aware of the positive buzz his books had received in Social Media I was thrilled to have the chance to read his latest offering Ludwika.Based on the true life of a Polish woman struggling to survive in Nazi Germany, Ludwika is touching and at times heart rending Although there is little doubt that Ludwika had a much easier war than many other refugees or internees of the Nazi war machine, it was certainly not a walk in the park surviving the detention camps and the betrayals by Germans she considered to be her friends or allies Luwika s motivation, it seemed, was always about what was best for her family, left behind in Poland and especially her young daughter What kept her going was that burning desire to be reunited with them once this madness was over During the course of her journey, it seemed Ludwika s choices would always be dogged by bad luck Very beautiful and headstrong, she was prone to rush in where Angels fear to tread.I absolutely adore Fischer s style and was absolutely invested in the outcome of Ludwika s painful journey always the sign of a good writer Fischer also did an excellent job at the end of the story, relating his fictionalised tale to the true Ludwika and her family today The bonus at the end of the book a good, solid, extract from another of his books The Luck of the Weissentheiners, ensured that I have no doubt which Fischer book will be next on my to read list I am already invested in this fascinating tale Early in 2016, but this book is already at the top of my awards list consideration for December This is a superb piece of fiction fact I loved it.

  3. says:

    Wow This is the first Christoph Fischer book I ve read, and it completely blew me away Ludwika is a young Polish woman living on a farm on the cusp of WWII, doing her best to keep her mother, sister, and daughter safe while awaiting her father s return Her beauty attracts the attention of a German soldier, leading to a proposal with far reaching consequences he wants Ludwika to come with him to Germany in exchange for the continued safety of her family in Poland She makes the decision she feels is best, willing to sacrifice her own happiness and well being in order to protect her family, but fate has other plans for her Ludwika is thrust into a world where her dark complexion and Polish accent immediately make her suspect to the German Reich The kindness of a stranger on a train leads her into a situation that ultimately spells disaster for poor Ludwika The story marches along relentlessly, following the young woman as the Nazi regime becomes all encompassing Even as she is faced with unspeakable sorrow, her inner fortitude and will to survive shine like a beacon through one of the most horrendous times in human history This book is all the amazing because it s based on actual events This is a story that will stick with you for a long time after you ve read the last page.

  4. says:

    Ludwika A Polish Woman s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany is a historical novel written by Christoph Fischer The author based this novel on the actual life and experiences of Ludwika Gierz This is a touching narrative that pulls on your heartstrings It is realistic and entirely gripping throughout I wasn t sure what this book was about but it had me hooked from the beginning with the author s style of writing Mr Fischer manages to share a different angle of World War II and this specific period in time which makes for a compelling read This book enlightened me about unknown facts about the occupation and the difficulties the survivors faced in the aftermath of the war I found myself wrapped up in Ludwika s story as she learned how to survive in Berlin, where the mandatory letter P on her sleeve meant she d always be considered an inferior This book takes you through the trials and sufferings of one courageous woman A great read and 5 stars A book I would recommend to my fellow readers.

  5. says:

    Although some parts of this book are fictional, it tells the story of Ludwika, a woman whose life during and after WW2 is used to base the story on It tells a different perspective of wartime events and people, but ultimately is a excellently written tale of survival and hope.The decisions made by Ludwika and their consequences are well explained The author obviously put a lot of time and effort into researching the factual elements of the book The fictional parts also blended in the facts seamlessly to create an interesting and engaging story.I liked the authors writing style and how at the end of the book, he explains which parts, and people, were fiction and which were real and in some cases still alive If you like WW2 history and high quality writing, then I recommend you read this book.

  6. says:

    Ludwika was a fascinating story of a Polish woman s journey from her home on a farm in rural Poland to various places in Germany It is based on a real person and includes many well researched details about her life.I did not know that much about the plight of the Polish people when Germany invaded Poland in October 1939 It was quite an eye opener for me to discover how difficult it was for the Poles during the war Previous WWII literature I have read has largely either been factual in its nature or focused on the horrors experienced by Jewish people.Right from the beginning of the book, Ludwika shows herself to be a woman of innovation and resilience She is the one whom her father has left in charge of his farm, her mother and her sibling, when he left to help defend Poland against the German army.It is also quickly apparent that Ludwika is a woman of unusual beauty and who quickly attracts the interest of men Soon after the arrival of the German soldiers, Ludwika catches the eye of Manfred, an SS officer His interest results in a measure of protection for Ludwika s family and in order to maintain this protection, and do what she believes to be in the best interests of her family, Ludwika agrees to move to Hamburg as Manfred s housekeeper This moves requires that she leave her young daughter, Irena, behind her I thought Ludwika s anguish at leaving her family and emotion turmoil as to what would be best for them all was very well expressed.Ludwika is very popular with children and they learn to love her quickly During her journey to Hamburg she meets up with a young and wealthy German woman with four children Ludwika helps to keep the children occupied during the train journey and befriends the mother, who has strong Nazi ties This relationship changes the course of her life.As things deteriorate in Germany as the war progresses and the lives of Poles and other foreigners become much difficult and precarious, Ludwika finds her situation in Germany becoming and difficult.There are a number of love interests and relationships in the book which make the reader all the aware of Ludwika s desperate and vulnerable position Despite its themes, I found Ludwika to be a positive reading experience which emphasized how, despite difficult circumstances outside of her control, Ludwika s hard working and resilient nature and kind and generous spirit prevail and help to open doors for her that would otherwise have been closed.I rated Ludwika five out of five stars.

  7. says:

    General MarketContent Indiscriminate sex, alcohol use Worrying has never done anyone any good When something awful happens you have to deal with it The world was scary one minute and then exciting and full of possibilities the very next Once you have a certain reputation, it is impossible to get rid of it This book was an interesting factual account I believe it may originally been written in either Polish or German, and this was an English translation as sometimes the wording was a bit awkward The author does a great job of revealing the sheer terror of what these displaced women went through as well as the suspicion they were constantly under Because she was not a Jew and due to her extreme beauty, Ludwika had it easier as she was first taken to Germany from Poland to be a German officer s housekeeper When he was killed, she still managed to find herself in positions that were comfortable than many of the other displaced Polish women I liked the fact that Ludwika always tried to stay positive even when things were at their worst But her indiscriminate sexual relationships, often resulting in pregnancy, bothered me Also the fact that she left her daughter behind and took off with a German officer was bothersome She did feel it was her only recourse in keeping her mother, sister, and daughter safe but it resulted in destroying her relationship with her daughter and, in the end, her family was all picked up by the Russians and their property taken.

  8. says:

    Lots of accurate historical detail make this a rich story, educational as well, showing us better than any history book can what it was like to be a woman, a Jew, an unwed mother, a Polish farm girl, an Italian Dutch prisoner, a Russian soldier whoever is caught up in the forces of war and history.The opening pages show us life before Germany invaded Poland Ludwika Gierz should have been looking after the livestock, followed closely around by her five year old daughter Irena and maybe some other kids whose parents couldn t look after them during the busy season Ludwicka, an unwed mother now age 22, is beautiful, bright and vivacious, with the compassion and wisdom of her father Instead of scolding his daughter for falling pregnant out of wedlock, he had been practical and had instructed the entire family to keep totally quiet to all accusations, provocations and name calling He led by example and Ludwika knew that were it not for him, the townspeople would be far less accepting of her Her father taught her not to worry too much about what other people thought of her They think what they want anyway, he said It is foolish to hope that you can change their mind with words Maybe with deeds you can and even that is overly optimistic Always do the best you can Her father is sent to the trenches and is never heard from again German soldiers take over farms, killing whole families, or exiling them to work camps It s unthinkable for Ludwicka to leave her daughter behind, but when a German soldier promises protection for Ludwicka s family if she ll move to Germany with him, she sees no other way to keep everyone safe Years later, that daughter, married and with children of her own, will never forgive her mother for abandoning her One can only hope she ll read this novel and consider her mother s despair The real life Ludwicka has since died, but her grandchildren live on, and her firstborn child might find unexpected blessings and consolations if she were to meet them.Some readers and reviewers have judged Ludwicka harshly, but in times of war, when your own neighbors are being assassinated, when an invading Army offers you death or a life of compromises and sacrifices, any kind of life might look better than no life at all.Today it s easy for enlightened generations to look back and accuse German civilians of enabling Hitler and adopting his evil views as their own, but people do learn, quickly, that to oppose evil is likely to get you killed without sparing the people you try to defend If German civilians learned to turn a blind eye, consider that many had seen this sort of thing a German girl, not older than ten years old, being brutally beaten by a soldier for throwing food over the fence for the Russian prisoners Merely to befriend a Jew was grounds for imprisonment or execution The list goes on How did German civilians come to live under such evil Gradually Nobody elects such tyrants, knowing what they are getting into They believe promises and only slowly, inch by inch, year by year, do they lose freedom and security.Even for prisoners and workers in camps, rules were created and enforced with draconian punishments A Frenchman who had an affair with a German woman was hanged the woman was sentenced to prison after having her hair cut off publicly and her name published in the local newspaper Another man had been hanged for stealing Poland has been conquered and divided plenty of times over the centuries but this is very different, Ludwicka is told We Americans take for granted the security of having been one nation for as long as the United States have existed We cannot imagine the identity crisis of a people whose country is taken from them, annexed by invaders My own ancestors include a grandfather from Alt Damerau, a village on the Baltic Sea I remember my great uncle s indignation at being considered a Pollack Poland was Prussia, it was Pomerania, but it was not POLAND when my great grandfather left the place for America.Racism and bigotry, you d think, would end after WWII and all that we ve learned Everything we get comes at the expense of other people This is a shameful existence, the lucky ones realize We re lucky to exist at all, Ludwika replies, and being the plucky survivor that she is, she keeps moving, tragedy after tragedy, loss after loss, because to do otherwise is to die I m sad about that which no longer is, but I don t have to stop being happy over all that was is a good philosophy Worrying has never done anyone any good, her father used to say When something awful happens you have to deal with it Do your best and hope it is enough Focusing on the present helped her to feel better about what she could not change Who could understand it, anyway What was happening to the world and why was nobody actually doing anything about it beyond empty declarations At the END, the author reveals that he fabricated about 75% of the details, but the bare bones of the story are true Hmm I m thinking Just change the names, then Tell us who inspired the story but don t tell the story using real names, giving readers the impression these things really happened, or that the writer was privy to a young woman s inner thoughts and Point of View during the turbulent, traumatic WWII years she survived and only just barely.Even so, and despite numerous typos or syntax errors, I recommend this story for its historical accuracy and the vivid, intimate look we get of life in time of war I hope Ludwicka s living relatives find one another, wherever they are, and find some empathy and compassion for this woman who suffered so many unthinkable losses, and endured.

  9. says:

    Ludwika A Polish Woman s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany by Christoph Fischer starts with an introduction to the story s protagonist, Ludwika Gierz, a 4 foot ten inches, 22 year old, beautiful Polish woman with piercing blue eyes Children like her because of her friendly disposition She has a 5 year old daughter Irena from a non marital relationship she had years ago, after which the father of the child left town The well written prose starts with has undertones interjected and we know there will be danger the German invasion and fleeing of the townspeople, including Ludwika s father, who disappeared with the retreat of troops and the fact that Ludwika s looks, her beauty, was once an asset but now is a liability as it attracts brutish German soldiers It is a time of war with Hitler s regime moving in and taking over, which establishes the story s tension and conflict In her town in Poland, Ludwika works her farm with her younger sister and mother Siblings are mentioned, including her brother Franz who drowned in a river 2 years earlier, the memory still raw and painful The story is off to a good start as we care about the protagonist and sense the danger that s been alluded to The story progresses and Ludwika encounters a Nazi soldier on the road who becomes attracted to her and protective of her, granting her rights others do not have As Jews are being hauled off and the elderly assassinated, Ludwika is learning German from the translator that her Nazi friend has enlisted to help him There s now enough conflict in the story to propel it forward in this horrific time in history where madness prevailed Without retelling this page turner suffice it to say that it goes deep and does not hold back as the plot moves through Ludwika s drive to survive, and all the emotional turmoil, good and bad, that goes along with it I ve read several other books by this author and have to say that next to The Luck of the Weissensteiner s this is my favorite.

  10. says:

    Ludwika is another suspenseful historical novel written by Christoph Fischer It s a unique story about a Polish woman in Germany during World War II The author has the keen ability to reach you no matter what topic he is writing about There is a great sense of urgency to tell the tales This one is no exception This might be what he does best though his other novels are all filled with a unique passion.This is an emotional narrative that pulls on your heartstrings Realistic and entirely gripping throughout Not at all what I expected but once started I was hooked Lured in by the comfortable writing style and the ease in which Lidwika s story is told Mr Fischer manages to share a different angle of world war II and this specific period in time which makes for a deeply compelling read To know that this is based on Ludwika Gierz s true life events made it that much enthralling Her adventures, her choices and the choices that many people have lived through was told with grace and finesse A real life force As sad as this tale is, there is also hope, inspiration and a spirit that sores high in the sky Quote Ludwika hated the rollercoaster of emotions that followed Her hopes for complete security and stability were raised again but it also brought with it the fear that they would be smashed In the past, the moments when she dared to dream of a better life for her and her family at home had always been followed by disappointment and disillusionment She didn t want that to happen once again

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