By: James Moloney
Location: FIC MOL
Genre: Historical Fiction- Holocaust
For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.
From award-winning Australian author James Moloney, comes a fresh and compelling story about love, loss and profound bravery.
Margot Baumann has left
school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison.
But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen
concentration camp near Berlin.
Margot is shielded from the
camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does
handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn
the letters, she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out with
her own hands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken
prisoner at Stalingrad and her family has had no letters from him. So
Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to
find herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope, of despair, and
This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt -
through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend. And
since his girlfriend is also named Margot, it is like reading love
letters written for her.
essentially a holocaust love story, it certainly takes a very different
perspective and the power of love in protecting our human spirit; not
receiving but giving. I found this simple idea challenging and relevant
especially in today’s increasingly disconnected society. Love in our
culture is not usually presented this deeply; often it is sexualised and
I also enjoyed the challenge to stereotypes with a
German guard that was helpful and inmates that were unpleasant. Margot’s
family itself shows the full range of attitudes from her mother’s
anti-Semitism to her father’s indifference. Even Margot overthrows her
own attitudes during the story and then at the end undeservedly finds
herself the victim of prejudice at its very worst. -Lyn- Goodreads.com