Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day After Night by Anita Diamant

After World War II and the Holocaust, large numbers of Jewish survivors tried to immigrate to Israel.  They were considered illegal immigrants by the British and held at Atlit internment camp.  In October 1945, the Palmach staged a rescue of over 200 prisoners.  This novel is based on that true story.

From the back of the book:  "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."

This is my second book for the I Want More Book Challenge (the previous books I've read by Anita Diamant were The Red Tent (my review is here) and The Last Days of Dogtown (audiobook)).  I rate this book 4 out of 5.

3 comments:

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I read and enjoyed The Red Tent with a book club I used to belong to, but haven't read anything else by Ms. Diamont.

freebird said...

This sounds like a good story.

Anna said...

I've heard lots of good things about this book, and the story sounds fascinating. Will add your review to War Through the Generations as soon as I can.