Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Short Essay - Answer Key

Heda Margolius Kovaly
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1. At the beginning of the book, what does Kovály say shapes her life?

At the beginning of the book, Kovály states that her life is shapes by two evil tyrants -Adolf Hitler and Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin - and by her own heart.

2. What happens in Prague in October of 1941?

In 1941 Prague is occupied by the Nazis. In October of that year the Jews and Roma of Prague forcibly evacuate from the city and sent to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland to live. Kovály is among those sent to live a life of savagery and hopelessness in the ghetto.

3. What is life like for Kovály in the ghetto?

Life in the ghetto is horrible, but Kovály does what she could to establish herself . She lives with her family and took on work accompanying a Jewish physician on rounds.

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