Well done story blending historic fact with characters to create a moving book detailing emotions, and situations that expelled German Jews had to face before and after WW2. The wealthy Rosenthal family had to emigrate to America via Cuba on the ill fated St Louis voyage that saw them refused entry in Havana. Only a limited number were allowed off the vessel before it sailed back to Europe after America and Canada refused entry to its migrants. The story follows the modern Anna living in New York who goes to Cuba to visit an Aunt who came out on the St Louis and actually entered the country but was fated never to leave it.
It is a story of love, heartbreak and yet again another instance of humanity being put aside for politics. This insider's view gives the reader a full on feeling of what the 'lost' felt like on the ship, when refused entry and then follows the story of one of the young girls who landed with her mother. It paints an interesting picture of Cuba and how life was like and why it was that way for this family.
Highly recommended for excellent writing, superb story telling and a great insight into a historic tragedy.
- Paperback: 369 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (21 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471161595
- ISBN-13: 978-1471161599
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Customer Reviews: 525 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)