Inspired by real Holocaust events, this poignant, award-winning debut novel is a powerful coming-of-age story that will resonate with fans of The Book Thief and Between Shades of Gray.Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitlers army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in free of Jews. Until the German occupation, Hanna spent her time exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick, and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shteteleand then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. When Hannas father disappears, suddenly its up to Hanna to find himand to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive. Sparse, re...
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My Real Name Is Hanna Reviews
"It's ok to cry, Hanna...crying is a form of breathing."
*ugly sobbing* 😩
Narrated in the voice of 14 year old Hanna, My Real Name is Hanna is the true story of a Jewish family on their quest for survival in the Ukraine during the Holocaust. The family eventually takes refuge in underground caves leaving them to try to make some semblance of a life while being cast in complete and total darkness.
"What is it like to take your last breath? What if the sound of it gave you away?"
*more ugly sobbing* 😩 ...more
I found this story harrowing from close to the start, even though some of the descriptions of the worst atrocities were left out, as this is primarily a book for young adults. I see no reasons why the vast majority of adults interested in this type of story wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy it as much as teens will. It’s for both adults and young adults.
Characters came vividly to life and I loved them, Hanna in particular. But others too. Alla was also particularly wonderful.
It surprised me by ...more
A haunting and devastating Holocaust story of one Jewish family’s struggle to survive. Hanna is thirteen years old and living in Soviet-occupied Ukraine when the Gestapo arrive in her small town to ‘eliminate all Jews’. She and her family, along with a neighbouring Jewish family, flee to the forest to hide out and avoid capture. From there, they must flee further, taking them into underground caves where they must battle starvation, isolation, complete darkness, constant dampness and di ...more
**This book was inspired by real Holocaust events
"I have lost everything that can ever be lost. I have given everything that can ever be given." - my family's MA - Holocaust Survivor
Hanna Slivka is almost fourteen years old when her entire world is turned upside down. Hitler's army has crossed into the Soviet occupied Ukraine. They are intent on making the land "free of Jews." Hanna's life goes from exploring with her siblings and helping her neighbor decorate psyanky eggs, to having rocks throw ...more
What made this book so special to me? The story,beautifully written,is heart wrenching and yet tender and loving. The unveiling of part of little known Holocaust history was surprising,compelling,and illuminating.
But what made it unforgettable was Hanna’s voice—Tara Lynn Masih has drawn a character so alive and believable that my heart became linked with her heart,my eyes became linked with her eyes, and when she hoped...Oh,l hoped,too! I was fourteen believing I may never live to be able to se ...more
“Abram Slivka (my Papa)
Eva Slivka (my Mama)
Hanna Slivka (14 years old, loves to read)
Leeba Slivka (12 years old, loves to sew)
Symon Slivka (10 years old, a really good bit who
Loves his dog) Ovid (our dog)
Steed (our horse)
We all lived in this house until October 12, 1942. If you
find this ,
say these names out loud, please, and bury this paper
in the yard.”
Maybe a request for some semblance of a proper burial. Perhaps a plea for remembrance. These are the words that Hanna buries in a tin in the ...more
4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars
What an enthralling story! My Real Name is Hanna is an extraordinary debut novel based on the lives of an extended Jewish family that spent a year and a half hiding from the Germans in the Ukraine during World War II.
This story is told from the POV of Hanna, a teenage girl from a family of five. They, along with around another dozen other persons (extended family and friends) spend a hellacious 18 months just trying to survive in the deep forest and then a miles-long ...more
“Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love”
--Dance Me to the End of Love, Leonard Cohen, Songwriters: Leonard Cohen
”I will say my real name to you for the first time. Hanna Slivka. Don’t be scared. I am still your mother. Born on February twenty-second, in the winter of 1928. Your grandmother often told me to remember this date because that is the ...more