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Klara with a K
     

Klara with a K

by Sandy Berman
 

At the end of World War II, eighteen-year-old Klara Werner finds herself emancipated from the German concentration camp that has kept her prisoner for so long.

Traumatized by the abuse she has experienced, and seemingly abandoned by the American soldier who professed his love for her, she is unsure where to turn next-until she remembers her mother's final

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At the end of World War II, eighteen-year-old Klara Werner finds herself emancipated from the German concentration camp that has kept her prisoner for so long.

Traumatized by the abuse she has experienced, and seemingly abandoned by the American soldier who professed his love for her, she is unsure where to turn next-until she remembers her mother's final words: "Survive at all costs."

So Klara decides to reinvent herself, leaving her Jewish identity behind and marrying the US Army doctor who treated her. Together, they begin a new life in Atlanta, Georgia, where she can enjoy freedoms she has never had before.

But in an era of Jim Crow rules and regulations eerily similar to the Nuremberg laws that victimized her family for so long, Klara begins to find she has more in common with her husband's Negro help than with his country club friends.

Burdened by the guilt of her carefully orchestrated charade, Klara seeks solace in becoming an outspoken advocate for the growing civil rights movement. But in the end only a face-to-face confrontation with a past she has fought so hard to forget will release her from the lies that bind her.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-09
After a concentration camp survivor attracts the romantic interest of two men, she makes discoveries about life, love and forgiveness in this debut novel.As a Jew in Nazi Germany, Klara Werner not only loses her mother, father and brother to the camps, but also her sense of identity. After she's dragged from a pile of concentration camp corpses by the besotted Sgt. Sam Rosstein, she wakes up in an American hospital and discovers that she's also caught the eye of her attending physician, Dr. Thomas Compton. Sam pays her regular visits at her bedside, and eventually Klara opens up to him completely. She reveals that she wasn't a political prisoner as her uniform indicated, but the former love slave to an influential Nazi, who promised he would free her family in exchange for sexual favors. However, Thomas isn't about to let Klara go to his Jewish rival, Sam; instead, he arranges to have the soldier abruptly shipped out and then steals his goodbye letter to Klara. Feeling abandoned, Klara agrees to marry Thomas, who doesn't realize she's Jewish. They return to Thomas' Evangelical Christian home in the Southern United States, where Klara discovers she's pregnant with Sam's child. Will Klara be able to keep up the pretense of being a Christian in her new home? And how will Sam react when he discovers that the love of his life has married another man? The story's dramatic possibilities are hampered by its tendency to tell rather than show its characters' feelings: "How far have I fallen! Me, the once-proper young lady of respected Jewish Berliners….I am contemplating the loveless seduction of a man who has been nothing but kind to me." However, Berman does convincingly convey the agony of a young woman treated horribly by circumstance. Klara's callous but ultimately sensible adaptation to the world around her makes her a captivating protagonist. Overall, the author refuses to demonize any of her principal characters, and successfully portrays the heartbreak of living in a world where evil exists.A successful historical novel about the redemptive power of remaining true to oneself, no matter what the cost.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781497339927
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/30/2014
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Meet the Author

Sandy Berman has worked as a museum archivist and curator for thirty years, compiling numerous national and international exhibits. She has interviewed countless Holocaust survivors about their experiences prior to, during, and after World War II-as well as hundreds of Jewish southerners who became part of the growth and development of their communities in the Deep South.

Her debut novel, Klara with a K, is inspired by her experience as the co-curator of the exhibit Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1945, as well as her work as a historian specializing in Jewish life in the South.

Sandy currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, in close proximity to her children and grandchildren.

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