Torn from her mother’s arms when she was fourteen years of age, Teresa Leska endured Nazi imprisonment. A political hostage from March of 1943 to April of 1945, her voice leads the reader through her memories of a cherished childhood disrupted, teen years of lonely anguish living and working imprisoned, and triumphant survival growing into a successful adult in a life reinvented.
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I worked and my conditioned indifference clung to me like a shroud of unconscious security. I kept myself intentionally detached because they were Germans and in my child’s mind, all Germans were bad people. I knew that these people controlled my life.