I began reading The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa on the anniversary of The Night of the Broken Glass. It was coincidental, not purposeful. I finished the novel on Armistice Day. The timing was perfect and the book quite good.
This is the story of a young Jewish girl named Hannah who lives in Berlin with her parents during the rise of the Nazis. After they make the decision to leave their homeland, the Rosenthal family secures passage on a luxury liner headed for Cuba where they believe they will be able to escape persecution. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan and tragically, the family becomes separated.
Many years later, Anna, the Rosenthal’s great-granddaughter, is living in New York City with her widowed mother. They are dealing with a tragedy of a different nature when a package of old photos arrived via Canada from a relative in Cuba.
The novel flips back and forth in time leading to an unexpected journey to Cuba and a reunion with Anna’s great Aunt Hanna.
I liked the fresh perspective on World War 2 and the telling of it by Jewish people who escaped to Cuba prior to the war only to become victims of the Castro regime years later. This is an interesting history which I found quite sad, but worthwhile. Freedom is a precious gift never to be taken for granted.