A Girl From Neret
By Lefa Ognenova-Michova & Kathleen Mitsou-Lazaridis
A Girl From Neret is the first book about the picturesque mountain
village of Neret in Aegean Macedonia, which since 1912 has been part
of northern Greece.
Written in English, the book is an autobiography by Lefa Ognenova-Michova
and her daughter Kathleen Mitsou-Lazaridis, telling of Lefa's childhood
in her village and capturing many of the details and characters of family
and village life in the 1940s.
It also tells of life during the Macedonian War of Independence that
was part of the Greek Civil War, and how Lefa, at the age of nine, becomes
a child refugee. Along with thousands of other Macedonian children she
leaves her village and homeland and begins a long journey that takes
her through Macedonia and eastern Europe to Hungary. Living with other
Macedonian children, she is educated and grows into a young woman before
finally being reunited with her family in Australia over seven years
The family builds a new life in Manjimup in the south west of Western
Australia where Lefa marries and she and her young family later move
to Melbourne and Perth.
A Girl From Neret is a first hand account of a childhood in an old
Macedonian village, and a child's view of a War that has affected many
thousands of Macedonian families. It is also a strong story of how Australia
has allowed its troubled immigrants to rebuild their lives and flourish
in a land free from poverty, war and political oppression.
A Girl From Neret is the eighth Macedonian book published by Pollitecon
Publications. It is available in Australia for $18, which includes postage
and GST. Overseas airmail is A$22.
A Girl From Neret, Paperback, 124 pages, Four colour celloglazed cover,
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Interview with author, Kathy Mitsou-Lazaridis