Across Great Divides

Across Great Divides

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by Monique Roy
     
 

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Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa.

Sixteen-year-old Eva and her twin sister, Inge, witness…  See more details below

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Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa.

Sixteen-year-old Eva and her twin sister, Inge, witness their lives in Berlin change before their eyes. Their best friend, Trudy, betrays them when she becomes a member of the Hitler Youth. A valuable family heirloom, a beautiful emerald and diamond pendant necklace, is confiscated by the Nazis as they continue to harass Jewish families and businesses.

Their younger brother, Max, a member of the underground resistance, sees even greater danger ahead. Their father, Oskar, a diamond merchant with a thriving business, refuses to leave his beloved Germany and believes Hitler will eventually fail. Their mother, Helene, the elegant matriarch of the family, holds her family together.

The family is conflicted whether they should leave home. But after the devastation of Kristallnacht in 1938, they finally flee Germany with the help of the underground resistance after hiding many diamonds. They seek refuge in Antwerp, but war follows them as Belgium is occupied by the Germans.

A young German man, a nun, a countess conspiring against the Nazis, and a winegrower secretly hiding Jewish children, help them to escape Europe. They hike over the Pyrenees Mountains while eluding German patrols and Spanish informers. Then, they spend agonizing days on a ship bound for Rio de Janeiro that is targeted by a German U-boat. As Rio’s diamond business is corrupt, they decide to go to South Africa, another diamond market.

In Cape Town, Eva encounters an impoverished colored woman, Zoe, who is in need of work. The family hires Zoe as their maid and shields her and her daughter, Zola, from the dangers they face in the slums of District Six and from the horrors of apartheid, which are all too reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

But, when Max gets into trouble with the South African police over his participation in an anti-apartheid march, will he be subject to imprisonment?

In a thrilling conclusion, the family comes to terms with the evils of society, both in their memories and current situation in South Africa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615832401
Publisher:
Monique Roy
Publication date:
06/20/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
139
Sales rank:
551,709
File size:
825 KB

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Across Great Divides 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I for one never connected the two similar horrible historical events. I of course am familiar with WWII, and the Nazi Government. The evil that appeared as Hitler, and what he did, is almost unspeakable. Monique Roy has presented a family that we can relate to, and how our personal thinking, things will get better, and it can't last forever. Until it is almost two late! We experience a brief look at Germany, just before Hitler comes to power. We are with a family of Oskar, his wife Helene, their son Max, and identical twin daughters Inge and Eva. Trying to put myself in their shoes, is almost impossible! Hitler convinced the Country that the Jews were responsible for the depression. Oh how gullible they were, and they wanted answers, so lets blame the Jews. We travel with this family over two continents and end up in South Africa. This is where history seems to be repeating itself in Apartheid. Lets blame the Black population for all that is wrong...and so it starts again. We meet new characters, and there is a necklace that seems to tie all of this together. I enjoyed reading this book, and would give it 5*, except I felt the ending was rather rushed. There needed to be a bit more. I do recommend this as a great read! I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Across Great Divides offers a richly detailed historical fiction. Based on the actual experinces of her family, Roy weaves the story of a German jewish family and their escape from Nazi Germany. It is a quick yet historically informative read.