“The Sweetness”, a novel by Sande Boritz Berger kept me interested until the end. The story starts in Vilna, Poland in 1941 as the Polish Jews are being herded into the woods to their death by the invading Nazis. The Kaninski’s are a family of mother, father, daughter and grandmother. The father sneaks his daughter away during the death march and places her in the arms of a Polish Catholic woman whom they knew. He saved her life. Marta and her family hide Rosha throughout the war, keeping her safe. This is that story.
Some members of the Kaninski family immigrated to America a few years before and escaped the wrath of the Nazi regime. They changed their last name to Kane and were very successful in the garment industry in Brooklyn. When they are made aware of the deaths of their relatives in Poland, each member of the family has his/her own way of dealing with the grief that this knowledge brings. This novel is the story of this family and its members and how they react to the war and their survival. It is their story.
I truly enjoyed this novel, both for the theme and the writing style. The book flipped back and forth between America and Nazi Poland and the stark differences between them. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this period of history.
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