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The Heroine in the Bus Stairwell

ByBryan Meadan

The elderly Anna Kapalevitch jams her foot into the closing door of an overloaded bus headed for Tel Aviv on a bustling Friday afternoon in the summer of 1976. The driver refuses to let her on but she defiantly stands her ground in the doorway. Following a short argument, he permits her to sit in the stairwell but forbids her to speak to him during the journey. But Anna can't help herself. As the bus makes its way from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, she reflects on her past as an active member of a youth movement in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II and her extraordinary role in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Amidst humankind's darkest hour, Anna's story speaks of action and of hope. When all seemed lost, something spectacular happened. The lives of Anna and the driver, as well as the passengers listening in, are dramatically altered as a result of their conversation. The Heroine in the Bus Stairwell is a novel based on historical facts and true stories, inspired by ghetto fighters and partisans in the forests of Nazi-occupied Poland, as well as survivors who lived to tell their tales. This remarkable encounter between the driver and his passenger is based on a true story.


Publication Date
May 1, 2022
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Bryan Meadan



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