ARC Book Review: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
veronica | The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa was everything I hoped it would be. Correa wrote an exceptional novel, telling the story of a family torn asunder by fascism, horror and hatred for those who are different. I’m always wary when I pick a book based on the events leading up to the Holocaust, but this was a great read.
The German Girl starts out with Hannah, a 12 year old at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, when being Jewish was, well, against the law. They were unwanted, dirty, sullied and out to dilute and take from the Germans what was rightfully theirs. But being affluent meant that they were allowed to leave Germany, but without their money, dignity or anything that made them Germans.
Along with Hannah is her best friend Leo and his dad who, with the Rosenthal’s help, have gotten passage on the St. Louis, a luxury liner taken those unwanted from Europe to Cuba, the only country who would take them in.
As with most novels that capture my attention, this story is intertwined with that of Hannah’s great niece, Anna. Despite the fact that Anna herself is wrapped in the tragedy of losing her father during the 9/11 attacks in New York City, she shows great maturity and finds her own way to connect to the father that she never knew.
This story, like many written of the Holocaust, is one of great sadness, even in their little joys, the sadness is very real, prevalent and really shakes you to the core. Even to this day it baffles me that as humans, we can be so disgusting to each other.
This debut novel makes a lasting impression for all the right reasons.
today! october 18, 2016