Michael Cargill

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Saying Goodbye to Warsaw – a story set during the tragedy of the Holocaust

Of all the books I’ve written over the years, this one remains a strong favourite amongst both readers and myself.

For this particular book, I delved back into the realms of historical fiction.  Set in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, it’s a story about the struggle for survival that the Jews had to endure every single day.  At the hands of their Nazi tormentors they battled against starvation, disease, and deportations to concentration camps… until some of them decided to fight back.

As it is Holocaust Memorial Day, I’ve decided to make it available for free.

The book is available through these direct links:

epub, mobi Kindle, and PDF

Amazon UK (Kindle) and Amazon UK (paperback)

Amazon US (Kindle) and Amazon US (paperback)

You can get a taster for the book by scrolling down past the cover image and reading the post called Cattle.

Like any girl who is loved by her family, Abigail Nussbaum loves to chase butterflies, enjoys lying on her back looking for shapes in the clouds, and happily teaches young children to make daisy chains.

In the eyes of certain people, however, Abigail has committed a heinous crime. The year is 1940; the place is Poland; Abigail happens to be Jewish.

Along with half a million other Jews, Abigail and her family are evicted from their home and forced to live in the bombed out ruins of Warsaw, the Polish capital.

Although a handful decide to fight back, is the uprising strong enough to save Abigail’s spirit?

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Cattle

Although Abigail enjoyed train journeys, she hated it when there were busy crowds. The adults always towered high above her and their heavy overcoats wafted in front of her face, blocking out the light. She let out a sigh and wondered why no-one was talking.

After spotting a small gap, she squeezed into it to give herself some more room. The yellow badge that was pinned to her jacket ripped off and fell to the floor, causing someone above her to tut loudly; Abigail decided not to pick it up again.

She spotted a man in a smart uniform – surely, he must know where they were going.
“Excuse me,” she politely enquired. “Where are we going?”

The man’s expression was one of death.  “Auschwitz,” he replied.

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My new novel, Saying Goodbye to Warsaw, is due for release soon.  Set in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII, it is a story of tragedy and this is a little taster for what is to come.

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