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A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
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Oct 30, 11

Read from September 01 to October 20, 2011

I read this book because it was recommended by many online who, like me, did not like Sarah's Key. It is a fictional story of the Holocaust from the Italian point of view. It tells the stories of various Italian Catholic priests, nuns and ordinary citizens who risked their own lives and the lives of their families to help protect Italian Jews and many Austrian and German Jews who fled across the Alps into Italy to escape the Nazis. It also depicts the various Italian resistance groups who opposed the German occupation after the fall of Mussolini. It was very intense in parts and sometimes very confusing. One person in the novel went by many different names as he at times posed as an Italian priest, a doctor, a German businessman and the rather non-devout Jew that was his true persona. There is a “cheat sheet” at the beginning of the novel with all the names listed, and I found myself turning to it quite frequently. I cannot say that the novel was great, but it was definitely better than Sarah’s Key and I learned quite a bit about Italy during World War II.

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Sarah Have you ever seen the movie "The Scarlet and the Black" with Gregory Peck? It's an amazing movie that describes what a Roman priest did to hide Jews during the Holocaust. I think you'd enjoy it.

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