By: Marianne Kaurin
Genre: Historical Fiction -Holocaust
I love the fact that this holocaust book has a bright cherry cover!!!! But then your eyes go down the page and there it is,,,,
I am thinking about book content a lot lately and some of it perturbs me, I am in this quandary - do I speak up, remain silent, act, do nothing- what is my active response to what I feel to be something that is wrong... I guess also for now we look at our world and I wonder what kind of courage would I have, or not....
It’s October 1942, in
Oslo, Norway. Fifteen-year-old Ilse Stern is waiting to meet
boy-next-door Hermann Rod for their first date. She was beginning to
think he’d never ask her; she’s had a crush on him for as long as she
But Hermann won’t be able to make it tonight. What
Ilse doesn’t know is that Hermann is secretly working in the Resistance,
helping Norwegian Jews flee the country to escape the Nazis. The work
is exhausting and unpredictable, full of late nights and code words and
lies to Hermann’s parents, to his boss…to Ilse.
"..And as life under
German occupation becomes even more difficult, particularly for Jewish
families like the Sterns, the choices made become more important by the
hour: To speak up or to look away? To stay or to flee? To act now or
wait one more day?
think that is why this book has so much impact--because it mirrors so
perfectly the quietness with which the Holocaust crept into people's
lives and the maddening silence that characterized those who let it