Title: Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila
Author: Jeanette Katzir
ISBN 10: 0615274838
ISBN 13: 978-0615274836
Publisher: Jeanette Katzir
Cover: eBook ARC
Reviewer: Yolanda M, Johnson-Bryant– Literary Wonders!
Rating: 5 Stars
Broken Birds by Jeanette Katzir was a challenging read for me. And by challenging, I mean that I wouldn’t normally have read a book of this genre, however, I am glad that I did. Broken Birds shows that even in all of our differences, all races have something in common, whether it is struggle, family, values or conquests.
Broken Birds is narrated by Jaclyn, one of the five Poltzer children. Her mother Channa suffered much and was a survivor of the Holocaust. Ms. Katzir gives vivid imagery of the rise and fall of Hitler and how many were tortured and killed—this includes Channa and her family. Channa escaped to America and married Nathan Poltzer.
Although Nathan is the head of the family, Channa seems to be the glue of the family as she strives to keep her family together through the good and bad. And although Channa was very negative towards her children, she always wanted them to be forgiving towards one another.
Fat chance. Channa meets an untimely death and secrets and deceit emerge from every direction—secrets that are eventually played out in years of court battles. Thus questioning whether blood is really thicker than water.
Broken Birds is a lengthy read, but well worth it. I knew the basics of the holocaust but this book expanded my knowledge for this terrible time and I came to the realization that like African Americans and any other race that has been enslaved. We all have values we try to gel our families with and, we really are not that much different.
Kudos to Katzir for Broken Birds. I really enjoyed this one.
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