Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 286
Date of Publication: April 11, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
Whenever I think of World War II and the Third Reich, I think of the 1940s. This book by Marion Kummerow begins two decades before, actually in 1923. This was when Hitler’s rise and his growing plans became more and more evident to those living in Germany.
This captivating historical fiction shows how the Nazi reign grew exponentially and what things lead up to the second world war. In fact, the lives of families of Jewish dissent were examined, including how they lost their homes and businesses, to make way for those who were serving the impending war effort. Families were divided, lives were destroyed, and tragedy ensued over and over again.
The story continues with the characters Edith and Julius in Germany during the year 1938. While their lives started off in an idyllic fashion, the Germans became really focused on those in the Jewish community, and this included Julius. More than that, Edith’s brother Joseph became an SS officer, and with her husband, being a Jewish descent, their lives were going to be at risk.
What a deep and introspective book. It was impossible not to feel for all of those affected by the pre-war days, which included the harsh prejudices and laws that were created in order to eliminate as many Jews as possible. This is a powerful story, one that shows courage and hope even in the darkest of times.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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