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Mala’s Cat


Growing up in the Polish village of Tamogrod on the fringes of a deep pine forest gives Mala the happiest childhood she could have hoped for. But, when the German invation begins, her beloved village becomes a ghetto and her family and friends are reduced to starvation. She takes matters into her own hands, sneaking out to the surrounding villages to barter for food. It is on her way back she sees her loved ones rounded up for deportation and receives a smuggled letter from her sister warning her to stay away. With only her cat, Malach, and the strength of the stories taught by her family, she walks away from everything she holds dear.

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The remarkable true story of friendship, resilience and survival against the odds

‘A remarkable tale of survival’ Jeremy Dronfield, bestselling author of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz

‘It’s an account of astounding courage and resourcefulness . . . The real miracle here is the vitality of Kacenberg’s faith and determination’ Mail on Sunday

In a small Polish village, Mala Kacenberg grew up in the comfort of her family. Until the Nazis arrived.

Her village was torn apart. Her family were murdered. And Mala had no one left.

Except she wasn’t alone. Her beloved cat, Malach, remained by her side. They were forced to hide in the forest. Food was impossible to find. And with German soldiers hunting them at every turn, they were never safe.

Alone, they would have died.

But could they somehow survive together?

This is the astonishing true story of one girl’s journey through the Holocaust, and the guardian angel who gave her the strength to live.

‘A vital document of a history that must never be allowed to vanish’ Julie Orringer for the New York Times

‘To read Mala’s Cat is to enter a dreamscape of horrors seen through innocent eyes’ Jewish Chronicle

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Weight 0.223 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.9 cm










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