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When the World Was Ours Reviews

When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler

When The World Was Ours

Liz Kessler

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 21 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781471196805

A powerful, heart-breaking, ultimately redemptive novel about three childhood friends in 1930s Vienna whose fates are closely intertwined, even when their lives take very different courses.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
17 Jan 2021

"An exceptional read to mark January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day."

When Liz Kessler’s Jewish father was a boy in Vienna his family met an English couple by chance, spent a day showing them around the city and received a thank-you letter. Five years later, needing a sponsor abroad to escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, they wrote to the address on the letter...

Their two narratives explore, truthfully and therefore disturbingly, what happened to those who did not escape, and why anyone co-operated with the Nazi regime. An exceptional read to mark January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day.

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