Top positive review
We are the lucky ones.
30 January 2019
We, the readers of this amazing family history, are the lucky ones.
Lucky in that a school project awoke an interest in the author as a child to delve more into the family origins.
Lucky that the surviving family members were prepared to talk about the topic.
Lucky that the author had great determination (her family history shows from where that came) to persist in many years of travel and research.
Lucky in that meticulous research was able to expand, influence and colour the narrative.
Lucky that the author had such supportive family, friends, assistants, editors, researchers, etc who were prepared to go those extra miles because they believed in the project.
Lucky in that the author has used a thoughtful, calm recounting of the horrors experienced - allowing the story itself to be the horror without having that horror trumpeted from the rooftops.
Lucky that the author has been able to wonderfully convey the rejoicing at the news of another family member being discovered alive; the celebration of that joy; from the depths of despair to the elation of being together at war's end.
This refugee family was lucky that other lands were willing to take them in. Millions of families world wide today are in desperate circumstances caused by wars. What's to be done?
The highest recommendation I am able to give.