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Karolinas Twins
Reviewed by- Linda (2017/03/01, 04:49 AM)
We all need to bear witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, individually as humans and collectively as a society. Reading, pondering and talking about these horrors ensures they will not happen again. This book, although fictional, brings to light yet another method the Nazis used to torment and break down their prisoners. The story has two threads. A present day Holocaust survivor Lena, who at the age of 89, sets out to finally fulfill her friend Karolina’s final wish. She hires a team to do what seems like an impossible task; find out if Karolina’s twins survived the war. Lena’s son, against this search, initiates proceeding to have her declared incompetent.

The historical part of this book is Lena’s war time story of survival; which I found to be far more engaging. Lena lost everything, including her family, to the Holocaust and it’s difficult to read at times but also very inspiring. What makes this book special is that it’s based on the real life experiences of Fay Scharf Waldman, who gave the author permission to write her story.Back.

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