Tuesday, May 21, 2019
It was a surprise to see that a few weeks have gone by since a posting but it's been a busy few weeks with end of the school year activities with the grands. There are soccer games, tennis matches, 5k races, and the music concerts. We try to make it to at least a representation of something for each of them.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
There are a lot of stories out and about now set during World War II and more and more so they are the stories of the innocents, the civilians, the mothers, daughters, children and elderly. These are the people that war happens to and somehow they have to find the strength and fortitude to survive it all.
When I read Correa’s The German Girl I said that I learned something I didn’t know (there’s a lot I don’t know, of course) and that was that a refugee ship was sent with close to a thousand refugees looking for exile in Cuba. Cuba wouldn’t take them. Neither would the United States or Canada. The refugees were sent back to Europe where people were dispersed among countries at war.
That ship is in this story, too, and this book is based on a true story. Julius and Amanda Sternberg have two daughters to protect from the encroaching Nazi power. Julius is a Jew and is taken prisoner. Amanda looks Aryan and is for the time safe, given just a glance when confronted. But Julius knows their children are not safe and while in prison he arranges for the girls to take passage on the ship headed for Cuba while Amanda is wait for them with the wife of a friend in the south of France. But it is while she is putting her very young girls on board the ship that she makes the decision to send just one of them.
Amanda and Lina, who is just four, make their way to their refuge and hope to hide and wait out the war. But once again, Amanda is caught and sent to a camp and must make another choice.
This story is about caring, strangers, choices, sacrifice, redemption, faith, hope, courage. While using the story of a survivor to inspire this one the author put a mirror up to our face and asks the questions of our own courage, how far we would go, how much we could endure.