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A Hidden Life

Here’s another one about life long after the Holocaust, but living in its shadow.  Mrs. Reiss wrote the young adult novel The Upstairs Room about her experience hiding in a Dutch farmhouse for over 2 years.  This book takes place in 1969, when she returns — with her small children — to Holland for 7 weeks at the urging of her husband in order to begin writing The Upstairs Room.  I’ll just tell you here that while she is gone her husband commits suicide.  Like When the Smoke Cleared, I am finding this book about life after the Holocaust more difficult to read.  I am so grateful to Mrs. Reiss for sharing her story.  It’s just hard to read.

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