The Girl with the Silver Star is an excellent WWII era novel. But knowing that it is based on the story of author Rachel Zolotov’s family makes it even more meaningful and touching. The book has an intimacy that movingly brings the reader into the world of Raisa, the author’s great grandmother, and her family.
Living in Belarus with her adoring husband Abraham with their two lovely daughters, this close knit family is torn apart when the Nazi’s invade Minsk. Abraham is required to serve in the Russian army and Raisa, along with her daughters and the rest of her family, flee to find safety. Their journey is harrowing. Once they are settled in Uzbekistan, Raisa is able to keep in touch with Abraham through letter writing, which keeps her going. Her strength and courage helps keep her family safe and as normal and happy as possible as they deal with the struggles of having had to leave everything behind. Raisa’s recollections of her pre-war days shows the lovely life she had before their world fell apart. It’s a tragic story far too many Russian Jews experienced.
This emotional and heartbreaking book shows the strength of love and the human spirit.
Many thanks to author Rachel Zolotov for providing me with a copy of this sad yet hopeful book in advance of its release.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: November 17, 2020.
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