Powell's A Jew in Czechoslovakia under the Nazis, Kovaly spent the war years in the Lodz ghetto and several concentration camps, losing her family and barely surviving herself.
It also narrates her struggles during the communist transformation of Czechoslovakia, according to USSR standards and the heavy handed Joseph Stalin.
Her trials in those Ghettos and concentration camps forced Heda to become aware and solidify her own beliefs and values that constituted her own character.
Just as importantly, they forced her to see in others the weaknesses and strengths that constituted their own. Disturbingly, it is almost as if her time spent in both the concentration camps and Ghettos was a playground where Heda was to build her character that helped her to also survive her struggles during the communist regime after the Second World War.
The narrative of Under a Cruel Star, although drenched in the suffering of the Czech nation and the suffering of Heda Kovaly under both the Nazi and communist regimes, is greatly uplifted by her ability to find comfort in the small details of her chaotic life and her positive outlook towards the future, both of which helped to create her strong character.
Right from the beginning of her book, Kovaly states how important those two personal traits are to her that created her strong character.
Three forces carved the landscape of my life. Two of them crushed half the world.
The third was very small and weak and, actually, invisible. It was a shy little bird hidden in my rib cage an inch or two above my stomach. Sometimes in the most unexpected moments the bird would wake up, lift its head, and flutter its wings in rapture. Then I too would lift my head because, for that short moment, I would know for certain that love and hope are infinitely more powerful than hate and fury, and that somewhere beyond the line of my horizon there was life indestructible, always triumphant.
Kovaly 5 This passage is significant to understanding the rest of this essay, because it explains the two traits that helped Kovaly survive. In the passage, she describes a little bird that would inspire hope within her, originating from a small detail in an experience.
I believe that the shy little bird that she refers to lived within her heart. The bird was a stimulator and a sensor to these things. I believe that the spontaneity with which the little bird fluttered its wings made the experience that much more profound and beautiful for her; as if to say flutters of hope are more empowering than continuously wishing for it.
A strong example of such a situation was when her family, along with the rest of the Jewish population of Prague, was ordered to gather their belongings and report to the Exposition Hall for deportation.
Here, in a chaotic atmosphere caused only when a large group of people are forced to collect who cannot foresee the consequences of it all, did that little bird begin to flutter its wings and help Heda pinpoint a small detail to find comfort in. That was how I first happened to see him. Heda continues on to describe the man from how his hands were folded to the trimming of his moustache, and how she befriended him at the Exposition hall, where they were awaiting their shipment to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto.
Again, ignoring the confusion unfolding in this scene-children crying, elderly and the sick literally dying, as well as a woman losing her mind-Heda was able to find comfort and isolation within this man. This short quote is significant because it demonstrates a moment in time when that little bird began to flutter its wings.
She was literally taken aback by how beautiful she perceived the man to be. She may not have exactly felt hope at that very moment, since she was still early in her journey and had not yet experienced the horrors awaiting her, but undoubtedly the little bird will show itself once again when she needs it most.Under a Cruel Star Had is a strong women that we meet She has to overcome a great deal of challenges that show how strong she is.
One of the first challenges that she has to overcome is the challenge of being in a concentration camp. This Star Wars the Old Republic Review covers the changes, features and overall quality of SWTOR more than 3 years after the release of the game.
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UNDER A CRUEL STAR: A LIFE IN PRAGUE, is a first-person account by a victim of the two most notorious totalitarian systems of the 20th-Century -- Nazi Germany and Stalinist Communism.
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Heda Margolius Kovály (–) endured both the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and the brutality of Czechoslovakia's postwar Stalinist government. Her husband.