Under a Red Sky

Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania

By Molnar, Haya Leah

Publishers Summary:
Eva Zimmermann is eight years old, and she has just discovered she is Jewish. Such is the life of an only child living in postwar Bucharest, a city that is changing in ever more frightening ways. Eva’s family, full of eccentric and opinionated adults, will do absolutely anything to keep her safe—even if it means hiding her identity from her. With razor-sharp depictions of her animated relatives, Haya Leah Molnar’s memoir of her childhood captures with touching precocity the very adult realities of living behind the iron curtain.

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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2010

Gr 5-Up Molnar re-creates memories and family stories of living in postwar Romania, fleshing them out with dialogue that, while not exact, remains true to the essence of her experiences, resulting in a readable, informative, and engaging book. The only child living in a crowded flat with seven adults representing three generations, Eva is often the center of attention of her frequently squabbling anti-Communist relatives. Her life becomes more complicated when she discovers at the age of seven that she is Jewish. She tries to underst...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2010

For Jews in communist Bucharest, Romania, life meant tight living conditions and constant scrutiny; each day was an episode ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

- Introduces and quickly acclimates readers to an unfamiliar time and place, thanks to abundant details about the family's clothes, meals, and the traditions they observed. - The precise dialogue brings Haya Leah Molnar's family membersand their distinct personalitiesvividly to life. - The narr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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