Waiting for a Miracle: Historical Novel
It begins somewhere in Russia in the mid-19th century, and takes the reader into the events during the two world wars, and their ways of existence during the holocaust.
The simple and touching stories are presented from the perspective of a sensitive young boy, fascinated by his...more
Author/historian Helen Wininger Livnat shares first hand knowledge of her life and ancestry and in doing so provides s with one of the more profound and involving books about surviving cataclysmic odds. She was born in Romania, ‘the first daughter of a young couple, and the first grandchild in the family. The sounds of war were approaching our area, and happiness turned into panic ...more
This book was wonderfully written, yet, painfully sad. This is what the Jewish people went through if they did not go to the concentration camps. It was a book that was hard to put down. A good book for older children to read, probably age 12 and older. I would recommend this book.
There cannot be enough books about the Holocaust. We need to look at it from every angle to make sure it doesn't happen again. This book presented another point of view. It is from paternal journals handed down from the time of the first world war. The great-granddaughter is conveying the story. All the ...more
The author's writing is evocative in a strangely, stark way, drawing the reader in to ...more
Well it is not that simple This is a family that has so much pain,death and hurt one can only wonder how they keep going on. From early pograms and two world wars the destructiveness of humankind is mind boggling. And yet the family goes on ...more
I have read many novels and nonfiction works about the Jews, especially about the them during WWII. This story starts before then and brings you deep inside their lives. The emotions run deep and range from the highest joy to the deepest despair...yet the soul of these people move forward with each strand that gives them hope. Like the beautiful music of the violin, the emotions created by this book will stay with you for a very long time. It ...more
This is a book everyone should read. Especially in today's divided society created by a revival of antisemitic and racial feelings. This book bears witness to what happens when evil starting at the top of a government. Hate and scapegoating take over and humans become inhuman.
It also shows that unconditional faith forms an indomitable will to survive. Regardless of al the hardships one encounters, as long as there is hope, there will be life
This is an unforgettable experience! To read what so many people went through!!! Truly unforgettable! This story is also completely heart breaking that humans can treat others in such despicable ways. While reading this book you can feel God's touch on Fivel. Yes he went through something so tremendous that it is unthinkable but in places you can see where God intervened. I will recommend this book
There are many stories of survivors during the Holocaust, the difference here, is this book covers multi generations, starting prior to the first world war. Heart warming, you must read as any words I write cannot do it justice
I would recommend Waiting for a Miracle to readers who like: WWII non-fiction.
I have read several books on / about the holocaust, each person's story is unique. There's a common thread between each story and that's the will to survive. What an extraordinary , wonderful and may I say a miraculous story . I highly recommend this book. Jerusalem, we pray that you will have peace, and that all will go well for those who love you. Psalm 122: 6
This historical novel was very interesting. There was a lot of family background which helped the reader understand how the events of World War II occurred in they're lives. Also included was how the family lived after the war.
The story that chases the generations through history is interesting, but the overall story drags. Also, the multiple fortuitous events that rescues Fievel time after time detracts from the believability of last one-third of the story.