Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
It is June 1943, and for four years the Nazi armies have occupied the Polish town of Bedzin. Twelve-year old Eva, along with her father and her sister, have been forced to leave their comfortable home and move into a tiny attic in the Jewish ghetto.
But for Eva's life takes an even more terrifying turn when she and her sister are torn from their father and imprisoned in a Nazi work camp. There, Eva is forced to spin thread to make blankets and uniforms for the German army. As she struggles amid ever-worsening dangers to save her life and that of her sick sister, Eva's world tears apart like the weak threads on her spinning machine...
As usual, I am a sucker for anything about the Holocaust and WWII. I have been intrigued by this time period since I was in high school and college. I am mostly of German descent, so it intrigues me. It seems like I was always studying this time period every chance I got. I was always asking the same question over and over. WHY? To be honest, no one ever quite knew or was bold enough to just put it out there. The following excerpt from the Afterword of the book really hit home for me:
"Under Nazi rule, Germany conquered most of the nations of Eastern Europe, and proceeded to institute a reign of terror and mass extermination of the Jewish people in each country. The Nazis also imprisoned or murdered members of other ethnic or political groups, including anyone they deemed undersirable to their plan for a "racially pure" Europe."
So how does one justify in their mind that a race of people considered to be "God's chosen people" could be racially unpure? I just don't get it and will never get it. The book captures Eva's journey through the prison camp, trying to care for herself and her sister. What popped out at me through this short book was the hunger. They were so hungry and had to work so hard just to survive. It is a story of love and devotion to family and faith.