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Day After Night by Anita Diamant
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Day After Night

by Anita Diamant

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    Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: In spite of the end of World War II, the survivors in these two bleak novels are still feeling its effects as they struggle with emotional fallout and fight for survival in their new situations.
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    The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: While The River Midnight occurs immediately prior to WWII and Day After Night immediately after, both are emotional stories of Jewish women struggling with their situations; both also depict a sense of female community within a larger group of outsiders.… (more)
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Interesting historical novel about what happened to the lucky few who survived the Holocaust and managed to smuggle themselves to "Palestine". Under British control the refugees were, again, held in internment camps albeit under more humane conditions. The continuing anti-semitism of the Brits is explored, as is the difficulty many had readapting to a semblance of life. An afterward makes the delineation between true history and fiction somewhat confusing. The story is interesting, the writing is very basic and flat. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Very interesting. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
Story of young women who escaped to Isreal from Nazi Europe in 1945. They are held in Atlit, a detention camp. We meet Leonie, Shayndel, Tedi and Zorah in this camp as they all help each other and others in the challenges they face. I never knew about these detention camps in Haifa. Seems unbelievable. Very rich characters in a unique place and time. ( )
1 vote Smits | May 25, 2016 |
Really good. Highly recommended. ( )
  bishopjoey | Mar 2, 2016 |
I fell in love with this author when I read The Red Tent. This book was not up to the standards of that one. It was okay. ( )
  anitatally | Jan 26, 2015 |
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Know that every human being must cross a very narrow bridge. What is most important is not to be overcome by fear.

Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav, 1772-1810
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In memory
of my grandfather Abe Mordechai Ejbuszyc
and my uncle Henri Roger Ejbuszyc,
victims of the Holocaust
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The nightmares made their rounds hours ago. (Prologue)
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Day After Night is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from the Atlit internment camp - a prison for illegal immigrants run by the British military off the coast of the Mediterranean, south of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp with profoundly different stories.

All of them survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by the unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to begin to hope, Shayndel, Leonie, Tedi and Zorah find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experiences even as they confront the challenge of recreating themselves in a strange new country.

This is an unforgettable story of tragedy and redemption, a novel that re-imagines a moment in history with such stunning eloquence that we are haunted and moved by every devastating detail. Day After Night is a triumphant work of fiction.
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

Just as she gave voice to the silent women of the Hebrew Bible in The Red Tent, Anita Diamant creates a cast of breathtakingly vivid characters—young women who escaped to Israel from Nazi Europe—in this intensely dramatic novel.

Day After Night is based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for “illegal” immigrants run by the British military near the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa. The story is told through the eyes of four young women at the camp who survived the Holocaust: Shayndel, a Polish Zionist; Leonie, a Parisian beauty; Tedi, a hidden Dutch Jew; and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to hope, the four of them find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country.

Diamant’s triumphant novel is an unforgettable story of tragedy and redemption that reimagines a singular moment in history with stunning eloquence.

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Four young women haunted by unspeakable memories and losses, afraid to begin to hope, find salvation in the bonds of friendship and shared experience even as they confront the challenge of re-creating themselves in a strange new country. Based on the extraordinary true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred Jewish prisoners from the Atlit internment camp outside Haifa.… (more)

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