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Kanada [Kindle Edition]

Eva Wiseman

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Kanada. The name meant untold riches and promise to Jutka, a young Hungarian girl who was captivated by stories of a vast, majestic country where people were able to breathe free of hatred and prejudice. Freedom was in short supply, but hatred was everywhere in Hungary as hundreds of thousands of Jews were deported to concentration camps during the last year of WWII. Jutka, her friends, and her family are sent to Auschwitz.

In that hellish place, there was another Kanada. It was the ironic name given to the storehouse at Auschwitz where the possessions — clothing and jewelry — stripped from the victims were deposited, and where Jutka was put to work.

The war may have ended, but it did not end the suffering of many of the inmates of concentration camps. Many had no homes to go to, and if they did, they were not welcome. Hundreds
went back to Poland and were murdered. Famished, diseased, and homeless, they lived in the hopelessness of camps, wondering if they could ever find a home in the world. Some went to Israel, but for Jutka there was only one dream left her — the dream of a country full of hope, where she would no longer have to live in fear.

Eva Wiseman’s powerful novel describes the war and its long, difficult aftermath with compassion and tenderness.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009BQTKDW
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (12 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS4GQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #635,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kanada 20 Nov 2007
By Jewish Book World Magazine - Published on
It's 1944, and Jutka Weltner, a fourteen-year-old Hungarian Jew, spends her time with her friends, going to the moives and daydreaming about having a boyfriend. But with the invasion of the German army into Hungary and the onset of World War II, life is fragile and the future seems uncertain for Jutka and her family. Her father and brother Dezso are "volunteered" for the forced labor regiment and are sent to an unknown destination, leaving her mother in charge to care for Jutka and her grandmother. With limited food coupons, an enforced curfew, and the fear of ridicule and abuse from the Arrow Cross soldiers who enjoy making examples of the Jews, Jutka lives in constant trepidation. As new laws come into existence, Jutka's life takes a downward spiral; her privileges as an honor student are denied, she is forced to wear a "six-pointed canary yellow star", and her family is moved to a tiny apartment in the ghetto. The family is then transported to Auschwitz where Jutka is separated from her elderly grandmother and weakened mother; she endures unimaginable brutality from hard labor to endless beatings, but dreams of her family in Canada give Jutka the emotional strength to survive her nightmare imprisonment. Told in a strong first person narrative, this heart-wrenching novel takes the reader through a difficult journey as Jutka's sufferings are intimately and often graphically documented. However, what differs in this Holocaust title is the focus on life after the war, and how Jutka strives to find a place in the world after she has lost so much. Similar to "I Have Lived a Thousand Years" by Livia Bitton-Jackson, which
Also focuses on the Holocaust experience in Hungary, this book realistically depicts the bitterness of war as told through the eyes of a young girl coming of age. Ages 12 and up. Reviewed by Debra Gold
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Canada 23 Nov 2007
By Fiona - Published on
Jutka, a 14-year old girl with a normal life - until World War 2. Jutka and her family are sent to Auschwitz, a hellish place, with brutal torture. Holocaust begins. After months and moths of waiting for the war to be over, it finally ends - but her suffering does not. Days after days in refugee camps almost drive her crazy! Jutka's dreams are important, her head is telling her to shape out her life one way, but her heart tell another. Which way will she follow to make her happy? This book is so amazing. Has everything. I would not recommend it under the age of 10, some content may not be suitable. This book not only taught me about the past, but make me think of how some people were so stupid back then, there is nothing wrong with religion! It is so sad how they treat Jews, it made me cry to think that some one would do such a thing - killing, beating, torturing! Uy uy uy! I highly recommend this book! Get it!
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