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Winter Journey

by Diane Armstrong

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Halina Shore is a forensic dentist who was born in Poland and moved to Australia when she was nine. After the death of her aloof mother, she accepts an invitation to help exhume a mass grave in Poland. One of her motivations is that her mother has died without revealing anything substantial of Halina’s Polish history, and at this stage of her life, she wants to know more. In 1941, the Jews of the town were burned to death in a barn. The town's residents believe the Nazis did it, but rumors persist that it was the Polish people who committed the crime. The investigation is supposed to find out the truth but it only serves to bring out how deep seated the racial and religious history of Nowa Kalwaria has been.

I found this to be a very emotional story. It's based on a true incident and probed some important questions about humanity and religiously-based atrocities committed during WW2. It's an intricately plotted book that reads almost like a suspense novel with Halina trying to piece together the past and what it means for the present. There is both personal and social tragedy and triumph in this narrative that explores the twin faces of goodness and evil.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
I have mix feeling about this book. ( )
  Baochuan | Mar 14, 2017 |
A mother's silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ... When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy.
  waltonlibrary | Jan 27, 2016 |
Although I have been assured that I have read this book ( two years ago), I could not remember one iota of the story line. But apparently I enjoyed as much then as I did listening to it in the dying stages of 2012.

The fact that this story is based on fact only helps highlight the cruelty and inhumanity which has taken place during World War II.

Ms. Armstrong has woven together a marvellous story from facts gathered from historical events. For me one of the most powerful sections was near the end when Helena addressed teenagers about the persecution of the Jewish population in Poland during WW 2.

Deidre Rubenstein reading of this story was excellent and made this book an easy listen. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
A mother's silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ...
A serious book, quite philosophical, how do ordinary people turn into monsters? And how history can haunt the present. A riveting story, although at times I didn't find the main character, Halina Shore, believable. ( )
  pennykaplan | Nov 28, 2015 |
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Halina Shore is a forensic dentist working in Sydney. Her mother has just died, and while going through her papers she comes across a letter from a woman she has never heard of, asking about a strange child.

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"When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. What she does not realise is that she has also embarked on a confronting personal journey."--Book Jacket.… (more)

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