In new Holocaust memoir Mala’s Cat, survivor Mala Kacenberg tells her story of sacrifice and survival, eluding Nazis and waiting out the Second World War isolated in forests and fields with only her cat, Malach, for company. In this extracted chapter, 12-year-old Mala sees her family for the last time.
Mala Kacenberg (nee Szorer) was born in Tarnogrod, Poland in 1927. As World War II broke out, she had to fend for herself from the tender age of 12. Surviving by her wits, courage and the help of a guardian angel, her cat Malach, she was the sole survivor of her family. Mala immigrated to London with other Jewish refugees after the war, where she raised a large beautiful family, living long enough to be blessed with many grandchildren. She ran a small B&B, treating all her guests as part of her family.
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