Friday, October 29, 2010

The Broken Birds by Jeannette Katzir


World War II has long since ended, and yet Jaclyn and her four brothers and sisters grow up learning to survive it. Having lived through the Holocaust on the principles of constant distrust, their mother, Channa, dutifully teaches her children to cling to one another while casting a suspicious eye to the outside world. When Channa dies, the unexpected contents of her will force her adult children to face years of suppressed indignation. For Jacyln and her siblings, the greatest war will not be against strangers, but against one another. Broken Birds: The Story of My Momila is Jeannette Katzir's achingly honest memoir of the enduring effects of war. From her parents' harrowing experiences during the Holocaust to her own personal battles, Katzir exposes the maladies of heart and mind that those broken by war, inevitably and unintentionally pass down to the generations that follow.

Jeannette Katzir tells her parents' story of living through the holocaust and then later how they both came to America, met and started their family.  Through Jeannette's eyes the reader learns how our past effects greatly our future.  Channa comes from a different area in the Holocaust than that of Ann Frank or Corrie ten Boon.  Each has their own survival story and they all will put chills down your back when your eyes are open to what the survivors had to endure for great periods of time in their lives.  This book will certainly have you wanting to learn more about what comes next in their life. I was so glad that the author contacted me to review her memoir I totally enjoyed reading this book; however, I must stay true to my three strikes and I must post:  there are some curse words mingled in the pages of this book.  (see my curse words post for more information)

you may visit the author's blog here.
you may visit Broken Birds web site here.

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Check out Bless their Hearts Mom here.  
She is giving away a copy of the book. 
Deadline Nov. 19th

About the author

As a child of Holocaust survivors, Jeannette Katzir’s life has been a study of the lasting effects of war. Inspired by her own family experiences, Katzir has dedicated years to in-depth research of the impact of World War II on survivors and their children. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area , not far from her two children and grandson, with her husband.

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A Word Doc. copy of this book was provided for this review by the author.


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