We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter

We Were the Lucky Ones

Author: Georgia Hunter

  • Publication Date: 2017-02-14
  • Category: Historical
5 Score: 5
(From 346 Ratings)



Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. A hopeful and inspiring read that’s great to give this holiday season.

“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely.” —Glamour
It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.
As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.
An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.


  • We Were the Lucky Ones

    By Nancy Virginia
    I have always loved Jewish people. Their traditions, intelligence, love of music, and beautiful things has always impressed me. Strong family and religious ties are traits I associate with Jews. These are the strengths that carried the Krucs thru the horrors they experienced and survived during World War II.
  • What an enthralling book!

    By WendiLeeC
    This book was recommended by a friend and I took it with me on a trip and over 5 days devoured it! I kept getting in trouble for reading, when I should have been visiting with friends and their families! Then to read the acknowledgment in the end and hear stories about the real families and all the research and time that went into it was amazing! I have a great uncle named Frank Foley who helped the Jews obtain false visas and passports, and who has also been awarded Righteous Among The Nations, so this book was a wonderful insight into the lives and peril of those who lived through this horrendous time. Thank you for writing this beautiful story of your family and their survival and experiences.
  • Could not put it down!

    By Autumn Lough
    Absolutely heart-wrenching and awe inspiring all at once, this book is a riveting tribute to the human spirit and the power of family, faith, and resilience. A MUST READ!
  • Beautiful, disturbing, moving

    By Swooof
    I loved this book from beginning to end. What an incredible story of love, horror and survival. I smiled, laughed, and cried a lot. They were indeed the lucky ones.
  • We were the lucky ones.

    By Bessperr
    Absolutely mind numbing. Don't think a person in my family in this generation would have survived what this family had to endure. I cannot get my mind wrapped around the cruelty of the Holocaust.
  • Phenomenal book

    By Diaper Duty
    What a phenomenal book. It draws you in from the first page. It makes you feel like you are a member of the family. You are scared for them. You cry with them. You feel their sorrow and pain. But you also celebrate with them. And have pride in the family members and their strength. Big sigh. I LOVED this book.
  • Lucky Ones

    By Grosse reader
    I knew this would be an intense book based on the topic. I was amazed by the story and pulled into each character's experience on an emotional level. Extremely well written and we need this type of story to be remembered in today's world where there are similar situations of refugees around us.
  • Great book

    By Bobdent
    A must read for anyone interested in the history of WWII
  • Lest We Forget

    By carocross
    I did not realize this is a true account of the author's family until I had finished the book. Truly incredible story of their determination-and, yes,luck-in surviving the Holocaust. Well worth reading.
  • Amazing!

    By lmttz8
    The best book I've ever read! I haven't been reading for a few years because of a busy schedule and just not being able to get into anything that keeps me wanting more. I didn't watch any television for the last few days and read at every moment I had the chance because I truly could not put this book down!!!