Another great review by Christoph, and I’ve got this one on my kindle folks!
I’m a big fan of Paulette Mahurin‘s writing. Her values, her empathy and her ability to portray humanity in adverse situation – be that discrimination or illness.
Her telling of Helen Stein’s story is no different.
In the novel Helen relays this story to a writer, which enables us to get a second perspective on Helen. A very clever and heloful ploy.
Jewish Helen is friends with a gay man named Max, who is Aryan and gay and who becomes a Hitler Youth to ensure his safety. They both have a crushy on the same boy and they remain friends, even though the tides are turning against her and her family.
We follow Helen’s life through the times of the Third Reich, with background information about the changing political situation.
Mahurin has chosen a wonderful character with a great survival instinct. Her story is tragic, yet, her attitude makes…
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