Tag: Jewish history

Review: The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

If you’re looking for a book that explores the horrors of the Holocaust but does so in a really beautiful way, I recommend this book. It begins in Berlin, where a mother, Hanna, is trying desperately to save her daughter Lea.  She learns that there… Continue Reading “Review: The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman”

Notes from Eastern Europe

Greetings from Budapest! It’s hard to believe our two week vacation will be drawing to a close in a few days. It’s been an exhausting and enriching experience. We’ve explored three major European cities in the last nine days, each with its own language,… Continue Reading “Notes from Eastern Europe”

A Book I Didn’t Finish: Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

I felt a little bad putting this book down halfway through — it is, after all, a book about the Holocaust.  But I will just say this: even if a book is about the Holocaust, it still ought to be well-written. Those Who Save… Continue Reading “A Book I Didn’t Finish: Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum”

Review: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

I really wanted to love this book.  People of the Book is a fictionalized history of a real, and fascinating document, the Sarajevo Haggadah.  A Haggadah is a book that tells the story of Passover, which celebrates the freedom of the Jews from slavery… Continue Reading “Review: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks”

Review: The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

This book, which was included in the New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2010, is Julie Orringer’s first novel, and as she describes in the credits, it is written as a tribute to her grandparents and great uncle and aunt.  This… Continue Reading “Review: The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer”

Review: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

This book is a powerful portrayal of the Parisian roundups and killing of Jewish residents during the Holocaust in 1942. Before reading this book I was somewhat familiar with the French role in the Holocaust. However, this specific incident was one I was unfamiliar… Continue Reading “Review: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay”

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