A Time to Live, a Time to Die
The fascinating true life story of an extraordinary Ukrainian woman who grew up in war-torn Europe in the 1940s, surviving a genocidal Nazi occupation of her homeland, slave labour camps, and Allied bombing raids. After the war, Lida was given the opportunity to start a new life in a distant land, and overcame many obstacles to achieve her greatest desires - success, happiness and security. More
A Time to Live, a Time to Die is the fascinating true story of the life of an extraordinary woman. Born to impoverished parents in Ukraine, and growing up in war-torn Europe, one of Lida’s early memories was making a miraculous escape, with her mother, from a mass execution by the German Nazi invaders during World War II. She spent the rest of the war in slave labour camps and wandering the streets of towns and cities shattered by aerial bombardment, surrounded by the dead and the dying, scavenging whatever she could find to stay alive.
At the end of the war, Lida and her parents were given a sea passage to New Zealand, and the opportunity to begin a new life on the other side of the world. But many new challenges faced them, through having to adapt to a very different language and culture and, most of all, battling to overcome the psychological scars and a deep sense of insecurity that resulted from their traumatic war-time experiences.
Lida’s remarkable life is the story of a journey from suffering and despair to happiness and the fulfillment of dreams through hard work, determination, and the creative use of her many talents. It is a story that will inspire any reader to strive for greater meaning and success in their life.
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