Out of the Shoebox is a fascinating journal that reads like a detective story, comes across as an imaginative quest into the past, yet is the true personal story of the writer, Yaron Reshef.
An unexpected phone call hurls Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone – along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.
MarksvilleandMe reviews Out of the Shoebox
Even though I read many genres of books, my favorite genre to read is non-fiction about the Holocaust, survivors, and how they overcame what they went through. It fascinates me. I just don't understand how anyone let things get so out of hand, turning a blind eye for so long, not to mention those who think it never happened no matter how much is written or even if they are shown video footage of the atrocities the prisoners of the Holocaust endured.
I grew up very near to a family who survived the Holocaust, at least the mother anyways, I was too young and never asked what happened. All I remember is the tattooed numbers on her arm, that she was in her 90's and loved to see me dance, so dance is what I did, it brought her much joy.
She has been gone many years and most of her children have followed her leaving just one of her Children along with her grand children, great grand children, and I am sure by now great great grandchildren behind. I should ask to hear more of her story. I believe hers may be one that hasn't been told.
I loved her as a grandmother, her daughter as a mother, and her grand daughter as Aunt figure if you will. Their whole family is very close to my heart. They are the Meisner's at least that would have been her married name.
This book like every Holocaust book I have read has taken me in completely to a different time and place. This book is filled with mystery that unfolds as you read along. Amazing emotion and surprises are throughout the book. This will be a page turner for those who love history, non-fiction, mystery, and a roller coaster of emotions.
Yaron does a great job at making you part of the story. I am glad to meet yet another family who endured so much, so that we might remember, that life will go on.
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You can find out more about Yaron Reshef here.
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