The World That We Knew A Novel Author:Alice Hoffman In Berlin in 1941 during humanity?s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman. — In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to... more » save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it?s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.
What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.« less
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There is symbolism - particularly that of the heron â in The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman that I still do not understand. The magical realism of the golem, the heron, and the angel of death lends an unusual tone to a story of war and the Holocaust. The book remains a memorable story of war but ultimately leaves a lasting impression of love and is even more so the very human emotional story of a creature who is not created as human.
Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2020/04/the-world-that-we-knew.html