Blossoms on a Rooftop

Blossoms on a Rooftop
Item# 978-0-8059-7099-9

by Luba Czerhoniak Fedash

Luba Czerhoniak Fedash was born shortly before the beginning of World War II in the region of the Carpathian Mountains known as Lemkovyna, now part of Poland. Blossoms on a Rooftop is the exciting story of her early life, first as a child forced to grow up much too fast by the horrors of Nazi occupation, then as a young girl caught up in Vistula (Akcja Wisla), and finally as in immigrant teen trying to make a new life for herself in the United States. Luba’s determination and her love of God and Nature saw her through to ultimate triumph over adversity and a happy life in her adopted country.


As a child, Luba Czerhoniak Fedash experienced the horrors of World War II in her homeland of Lemkovyna, followed by the forced resettlement policy of Operation Vistula, in which the Polish Government forced thousands of people out of the homes and villages to be dispersed throughout western Poland, known as Silesia. At the age of sixteen she emigrated to the United States to join her father in New Jersey, leaving her mother and brothers behind. Once there, she struggled to learn English and to get an education that would enable her to become a productive citizen of her new country. Luba’s story is an example of how love, faith, and determination can help us as we triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds.

(2006, paperback, 198 pages)


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Reader Review
“When I came to live with my father in a tiny apartment in Jersey City, I was 16 years old. Everything was so strange to me. But I have never regretted that part of my life. You see, there was no place to plant a garden. And for one who loves flowers as much as I do, it is tragic. A stranger, a woman, who lived in the next building, had such an impact on my life. I never met the lady, but she had planted a garden of petunias on the roof of her apartment, which was next to my window. The garden gave me such joy. How she enriched my life! I told myself that if those beautiful flowers can grow on a rooftop, I don’t ever have to be lonely. I almost heard the flowers talk to me."

- - Belleville Post, Bea Smith, Staff Writer, February 22, 2007

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