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The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
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Aug 17, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from July 30 to August 18, 2011

This book was amazing; it was dark and disturbing but amazing at the same time. The story was that of two small children abandoned in the woods by their father and stepmother. Why? It was 1943. They were in Poland, and they were hunted. They were Jews. Brutal as the choice was, it was their only hope for survival. We learn their story ... the true story of "Hansel" and "Gretel" ... names the children took in order to survive. What followed was fascinating but not for the faint of heart. Every horrific thing that could happen in war and during a holocaust happened. However, as Nelka, one of the heroines of the novel stated, "God cannont see the darkness that man has created and not throw out light to combat it. He is walking in the world." (175) Throughout the darkness woven by the Nazis, starvation, and despair, the author, Ms. Murphy, also created a tale of HOPE. For all the darkness and foul deeds, characters like Nelka and Magda, who chose a path of light and truth, gave hope to other characters and to the reader. This novel made me think and moved me in ways few books have done in the past. Amazing.
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