[Book Review] The Girl with the Silver Star by Rachel Zolotov

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By Rachel Zolotov

After bombs started dropping in Minsk, Raisa and her husband, Abraham, decide they need to escape in order to keep their daughters safe. As they were seeking a train out of the city, Abraham is conscripted into the Russian Army, leaving Raisa to manage on her own with their two young girls. Eventually, Raisa is able to join her parents and sisters, joining together to make their way to Uzbekistan, facing starvation and death along the way.

This story is based on the author’s great-grandmother and her experiences during the second world war. The story is beautifully written and well-paced. It is an emotional story of love, loss, and hope. This story provides a different perspective on the Jewish experience during this time period and one that isn’t often told.

I enjoyed Raisa, as a character. She is a humble woman whose life is focused on her roles of wife, mother, and homemaker. But when faced with unimaginable circumstances, she demonstrates this incredible inner strength. I thoroughly enjoyed her story and highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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