I just finished a very good book that I will do a review on for my newspaper column but just wanted to mention it here.
You know that I believe in serendipity! (An apparent aptitude for making accidentally fortunate discoveries) Or coincidences ( An accidental occurrence of related or identical events, ideas, etc. at the same time) Actually I don't really think there are coincidences. I think that is just our higher self guiding us to see things that will help make us more aware. All that said, the book that I just finished is called: Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum.
For some reason I have been drawn to read historical fiction this past year or so. I like a good book with some sustenance to it that actually make me think. I frequently find my self going to my Atlas to see just where the story setting is located, or to the Internet to learn more about a real person who was mentioned in the story. This book goes back and forth from the mother in the late 30's and early 40's during WW 11. And her daughter in a more modern time of the 90's. The mother is a young 18 year old in Germany during the uprising of Hitler. She falls in love with a Jewish veterinarian and ends up hiding him in her attic, till months later her father finds out and turns him to go to one of the "camps" She runs away and finds refuge with a Jewish woman who is a baker and stays with her and delivers a baby girl. Fast forward to the 90's and this girl is a professor of German history at a university and gets involved in a study of how the German population dealt with all that happened in Germany during these years. Over the years her mother has very closed mouth about how she survived. Toward the end of the book there is a quote with the title of : Those who saved us, (those who shamed us).
I found this to be a wonderful read, and recommend it to others of my age who were born just after this war and really don't have a very good understanding about what all that has happened.
Now for the serendipity part. Just as I finished the book, I got an e-mail from a friend and it was a commentary (to long to post here) I did a copy/paste of the heading, so maybe you can google the article.
(ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan.15, 2008. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.)
It is very good reading and compares what happened with the Jewish population and with all the political correctness now, the Muslim population is exploding in Europe and it compares the accomplishments of the 2 nationalities.
So that's my story for today. I don't really intend this all to sound political, but just stuff to ponder. If you need some deep thoughts I offer these things to read. Will copy this for my other blog too.