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The German Girl
by Armando Lucas Correa

PBR Review This is a fictionalized account of true events. 900 German Jews looking for a safe haven, boarded the St.Louis for a trans atlantic trip. Many were to stay in Cuba, the first stop, with the others continuing on to the United States. These were people who had already suffered many hardships and indignities, and been robbed of their possessions. Yet the US, Canada and Cuba refused to allow entry; Cuba admitted 28 people.

The story is told from the perspectove of two 12 year old girls; Hannah from Berlin in 1939 and Anna from NY in 2014. There is a link between the two; Hannah is the great aunt of Anna, she also raised Anna's father. I love historical fiction, so this thread was my favorite. It followed Hanna and her family as they flee Berlin. The author puts you right into their heads, so you feel there confusion, frustration and ultimatley their fear and anguish. Anna's story was also moving as she journeys to Cuba to learn of a father she never knew. The author provides many details about Cuban history, which was fastinating. It's one of my favorite reasons to read historical fiction.Back.
Talking Points: It is hard to understand the policies in place that caused a ship of 900 Jewish refugees making a transatlantic journey to escape the horros of the Natzis, to be denied entry. It's even harder to comprehend the depth of despair these people must have felt when their hope of living was taken away. These refugees were refused entry by Canada and The United States. Prior to this many were sent back because there were unable to pay the fee to Cuba, which was their first stop. Although there are differences, it's easy to compare these events to the refugee situation today. History repeats itself, we must remember to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. Like many Holocaust books, there are many tragic circumstances covered in this book.
PBR Reader Comments:
A moving story based on a real event, the trans atlantic journey of the St. louis in 1939, carrying 900 Jews filled with the hope of a new life. Sadly, most were turned away. There are also fascinating facts about the history of Cuba.
by-Linda 2017/04/28, 08:45 PM

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