Grainy photographs of tormented prisoners and piles of skeletal corpses often dominate modern memory of the Holocaust a tragedy of unimaginable depth not just for the Jews of Europe but for the entire world. Most of us are all too familiar with the stories of suffering that pepper the first half of the 20th century. It is therefore hugely refreshing when we can glance out of our sphere of knowledge and look at this history from an entirely different angle.
A fresh perspective is precisely what author Ayelet Waldman has given us in Love and Treasure. The year is 1945. In a war-torn corner of Austria, Jack Wiseman and his fellow American GIs stumble across a freight train bound for Hungary filled with jewels and furs down to the most humble of worldly possessions all items stolen from murdered Hungarian Jews.
Rather stereotypically, caught up in this great tragedy is ...
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