Category: WWII


Title: Sarah’s Key

Cover of "Sarah's Key"

Cover of Sarah's KeyTitle: Sarah's Key

Author: Tatiana de Rosnay

 

Sarah’s Key is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read where the story takes place in present day but tells the story of a Jewish girl during the French roundup. This novel would be the perfect addition to any avid reader’s book shelf. Full of secrets, lies and a family’s burden Sarah’s Key is sure to leave the reader turning page after page to find out what happens next. I sure was.  The movie looks like it is true to the novel which makes me very happy. Check out the trailer below and feel free to leave a comment!

 

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But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Cover of "But Can the Phoenix Sing?"

Cover of But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Title: But Can the Phoenix Sing?

Author: Christina Laird

This story is told through letters. The letters are from a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto to his step-son. The letters take the reader through the fighting of the resistance in the forests and the friendships and relationships forged through fighting to free the Jews from death.

Christina Laird gives the characters a complexity and qualities that keep you rooting for them until the end.

“We have to make sure our phoenix can sing. Otherwise, what was is all for?” -Misha to Richard (two of the characters in the book)

Night

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Title: Night

Author: Elie Wiesel

 

This autobiography tells the life story of Elie starting at age 15 and continues to the liberation at Buchenwald. It was interesting to read in the preface how it took years for publishers to acknowledge that the stories were a part of history.

In 115 pages, I felt the confusion he felt as his life started changing in 1944. Then his fear of the unknown and bitterness towards God as the life he was comfortable in was tossed upside down. I can only imagine the pain followed by numbness he felt after he lost his father. It is hard to imagine he was completely grateful to God after being liberated. I am sure that took time.

For reading it cover to cover in an hour, I still take every word as a gift. It has to be hard for Mr. Wiesel to tell his story and see so vividly every time the pieces he may want to block out.

 

 

The Kommandant’s Girl

Cover of "Kommandant's Girl (MIRA)"

Cover of Kommandant's Girl (MIRA)

Book title: The Kommandant’s Girl

Author: Pam Jenoff

This book was given to me when I participated in a secret sister exchange. It has been one of the best gifts I ever received. I love historical fiction especially when it takes place during WWII.

Even though this particular story is fiction it makes me wonder how many people actually were able to lead a double life in the resistance movements to help end the war faster. Emma, the main character, didn’t seem that smart to me at first but she was also only 19. Throughout the book she grows and makes decisions that only seem to complicate her life more. The odds of getting caught were always high and Emma had to be a smooth talker and show no signs of a guilty conscience to survive.

It raises the question of how far would you be willing to go save your family and yourself?