The novel The Girl in the Green Sweater is about a Jewish family living in the vibrant city of Lvov, Poland around the devastating reign of Hitler. Their daughter, Krystyna, and their son, Pawelek, were 7 and 2 when the Germans took control of their city. They were finally forced to go into hiding in the sewers with another group of Jews to avoid being killed by the Nazis.
The green sweater
This video shows and describes the green sweater worn by Krystyna Chiger.
The Girl in the Green Sweater Summary
In 1935 Krystyna Chiger was born into one of the most vibrant cities in Poland. Lvov, Poland was a magical place, only it was not the best place to be a Jew, and that is exactly what the Chiger family was, Jewish. Krystyna, her younger brother Pawelek, and their mother and father were forced to move again and again into worse and worse environments. As they moved deeper into the ghetto, life became almost unbearable. Every day they were taking Jews, killing Jews, and punishing Jews. In order to escape the Nazi liquidation the Chiger family went into hiding in the city's sewer system in a group of 21. They lived in the sewers for 14 months. They only survived because Leopold Socha, a sewer worker in the city risked his life bringing the group food and other necessities. After the Holocaust, the Chiger family moved from Poland to Israel.