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The Living and the Lost

Author: Ellen Feldman

Started: Mar. 7, 2021

Finished: Mar. 9, 2021

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me this ARC in return for an honest review.

Millie returns home to Germany after escaping with her younger brother. She has returned to work in a government office to help decide who would be best to publish a new German paper but she also has a personal reason for returning. While in Germany, Millie is reunited with her cousin who spent time in the concentration camps, and learns that the Nazis kept detailed records of their victims. In these records, Millie finds her answers as well as reconciliation with her past.

I have read many books centered around the Holocaust and World War II but this was something different. This story is told from the perspective of a young woman who had the chance to leave Germany and return at a later date. Seeing the devastating aftermath of the Holocaust through the eyes of a Jewish woman was an eye-opener and made me wonder how those who returned to Germany in the aftermath of World War II felt about going home.

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