Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review: The Locket by Mike Evans

by M. J. Joachim

Nazi Germany and WWII are the scene. Sarah is the fictional character who brings the holocaust to life, from the perspective of a young Jewish girl living in Austria. It is a devastating story, one we should all be very familiar with, because the history of these monstrous events is necessary to learn, remember and reflect on regularly.

I was engrossed in the book from beginning to end, learning many new things through this work of historical fiction. Evans has done his research and this story will captivate any reader willing to look at the holocaust with a new perspective and an open heart.

What happened, and how so many around the world managed to turn a blind eye, or worse yet, help the Nazis, is beyond horrific. Amidst all this was nothing less than many miraculous spirits, people surviving against insurmountable odds, strangers risking everything to help anyone in need, true community scattered across the globe, an underground network of people doing everything they could to fix the errors of their times, because they couldn’t and wouldn’t just stand by and do nothing.

Yes, there were heroes, everyday people being kind and compassionate, just to save lives. There were other types of heroes too, Jews who shielded other Jews from certain death, by taking their place and covering for them. It’s what makes our history a tiny bit bearable, because the reality is, evil plagued our earth during WWII, and if we don’t learn from it, we are destined to let this kind of evil or something ever worse, happen again in our world.

I hope you will read this book and I hope you will share it with others. I hope it, or another book like it, becomes a mandatory book report for kids as young as 12 and on through high school. It’s not only a good book, it’s an important lesson in history.

Thanks for stopping by,

M. J.

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