Mala’s Cat by Mala Kacenberg (Hardback) – Our Review
Every so often we need to read a true account of the Holocaust to make sure we never forget. So important that these last remaining survivors tell their first-hand stories before they are silent forever.
The Germans invaded this small, idyllic Polish village and a systematic regime of forced starvation, brutal punishments and transportation to extermination camps left 12 year old Mala the last remaining member of her family.
Hiding in the forest with a few stolen goods she sets off with Malach the cat and together they beg, steal and keep away from groups of villagers and German soldiers. The two survive this grim world, often betrayed and escaping just in time, hiding her Jewish faith and taking labour jobs with fake papers, always with the cat mysteriously appearing out of nowhere.
A heart-lifting story in a treacherous and unforgiving world. When the war ended and she was repatriated to England the cat mysteriously disappeared never to be seen again.
Review by Sue @ Great Escape Books