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Passing Through Havana: A Novel Of A Wartime Girlhood In The Caribbean by [Rosshandler, Felicia]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (15 Dec. 1983)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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HASH(0x8bce9624) out of 5 stars Passing Through Havana 21 Dec. 2012
By Felicia Rosshandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The story of Claudia's turbulent (wartime journey to freedom) is set forth in "Passing Through Havana" with an uncompromising force not often encountered in fiction.
With her need to conform, her mother's instinct for survival and a quick mind that masters new languages easily, Claudia is soon accepted by the upper-class Cubans classmates she so admires. Formal balls at the Havana Yacht Club, a fantasy of her early adolescence, eventually become reality. At one of them she meets the handsome young German Dieter Muller - "Siegfried," she thought "on the cover of Max's 'Gotterdammerung' album" - whose love for her, his fair-haired complement, is almost as great as his hatred of Jews. Black magic and the blood of a sacrificed rooster ends, for Dieter, in the exorcism of Claudia's "impurity" but begins, for her, the painful journey toward self knowledge.
Irene Silverman, The East Hampton Star
HASH(0x8bce9480) out of 5 stars Passing Through Havana 17 Feb. 2013
By MundiAL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel works on a lot of levels: as a coming of age story, as a story about the Jewish situation during the Nazi era, as a fictionalized memoir of a remarkable life and as a study of the human condition. The author has a great eye for detail and a generous spirit, which gives its pages a real sense of place and its characters complexity and depth.

Stories about the holocaust and the Jewish internment fill whole libraries. This book uniquely focuses on its impact inside one Jewish family, the fractures and entrapments and confusions it creates not only among the Jews but the German family as well. And how those divisions filter also into the American continent. By moving from Antwerp to Havana to Miami and New York, the author broadens the scope of her novel from an ethnic to a human level. The book is concise and incisive. A great read.
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