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I read this book my Freshman year of High School. It was the book that changed the way I took to reading certain books. To this day I am still trying to find this book in either a hardcover or paperback. So that I may add it to my collection of books. Since 1985 I have not been able to forget this books and remember all the wonders of it and in my minds eye can still remember all that happened. This book was one of many that I could not put down until the very end.
I read a book when I was 27 by David A. Kaufelt called Silver Rose. The main character, Rennie Jablonski, goes to Germany to save her father-a Polish Jew who writes a controversial newspaper-from being arrested & questioned by Hitler's Nazis. When she arrives in Berlin, she finds that her father's house has been seized by the state, & her father has supposedly fled Berlin. She goes to a club run by Lillie Froelich, her father's lover, and unbeknowst to Rennie, her mother! (Confused yet? LOL) There she finds that Lillie has hidden her father until things settle down & he can leave Germany on a forged passport. Her father has a heart condition & is very ill, & now has no idea how to get both of them out of Germany. Lillie comes up with the grand idea of making her a cabaret singer in her club & hiding her right under the Nazis noses. Lillie wanted to retire, & so Rennie would take her place & sing her song, which was called I Am The Silver Rose of Berlin. This song was made even more effective by Rennie, as she was described as having 'hair that was both blond and silver in the blue light, with a life all its own'. And so she became known as the Silver Rose of Berlin, or Silver Rose for short. To make a long story short, her father ends up getting gunned down & Rennie is eventually taken away from Germany, but her stay there was not without a price; she had to live with a Nazi General & give herself to him three nights a week to protect her father. When the Reich finds out, they torture & kill the German General for not disclosing the whereabouts oh the Jewish editor, & for having intercourse with the enemy.(This was considered a crime.) As Rennie flees the country, we find out that she is pregnant with his baby to boot! She says that she will have the ultimate revenge on Hitler by raising her son as a Jew. 10 years after her flight, she returns as a famous artist looking for Lillie, but Lillie is dead. She receives a gift from a friend-this is my favorite part of the book-& when her husband asks her about it, she shows him the gift. 'It was a white rose that had been dipped in silver dye. She pinned it to the lapel of his khaki jacket.' 'The last silver rose,' she said. Absolutely amazing story! Lol, it obviously made an impression on me! So I named my marketplace after the Silver Rose of Berlin.