Hanna And Walter

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"One of the happiest of the few happy endings the Holocaust allowed. Their extraordinary story [is told] in alternating first-person chapters that create suspense . grim authenticity and impact." -Los Angeles Times

"This incredible true-life story is simply but compellingly written and so intriguing it has to be read in one sitting." -Booklist

Hanna Bloch and Walter Kohner met in a small Czech town in 1935. She was fifteen, a romantic who ...

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Overview

"One of the happiest of the few happy endings the Holocaust allowed. Their extraordinary story [is told] in alternating first-person chapters that create suspense . grim authenticity and impact." -Los Angeles Times

"This incredible true-life story is simply but compellingly written and so intriguing it has to be read in one sitting." -Booklist

Hanna Bloch and Walter Kohner met in a small Czech town in 1935. She was fifteen, a romantic who planned to move to the big city. He was twenty and dreamed of being an actor. They ice skated; they danced; they hiked in the mountains; they fell in love.

The political climate was rapidly changing and they had heard stories about the Nazis, but Hanna and Walter believed that Czechoslovakia was safe. They didn't realize just how invasive the Nazi command could be or how deeply it would change their lives. Eventually they fled. Walter immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. military. Initially, Hanna worked in Amsterdam, but she was later rounded up by the Nazis and shuffled to four different concentration camps.

Hanna and Walter not only preserves one couple's memories, but also delivers a powerful personal account of the Holocaust and its atrocities. And it serves as testament that love can prevail over seemingly impossible odds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595465989
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/10/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2001

    THE BEST EVER!

    I originally read Hanna and Walter about 3 or 4 years ago. My copy is now tattered and has been read about 100 times. Not only by myself, but by every family member and friend I know. It is a superb look at love and it's survival in even the hardest of times. If you like a good love story, or have interest in the holocaust, this is the best book you will ever read to fulfill your senses! Absolutely spectacular!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Great love story while giving some great insight into life during WWII

    This book tells the story of a real life love that survived the horrors of WWII. Hanna and Walter are able to tell what happened to them, and Jews in general, before, during and right after WWII in Europe. They manage to do this without getting into too many excruciating details. However, they convey enough of the realities of life for the European Jews to give you a good picture of their reality. I grew up in The Netherlands with a Jewish father who also lost most of his family during WWII. While reading Hanna's story, I learned a lot more of what Jews during that time went through. This is a great read for anybody.

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